Jason Simpson is WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist. He joined our team in January 2012.

Raised in Holly Pond, Jason is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Prior to joining WHNT News 19, he served as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, working alongside longtime Chief Meteorologist James Spann from 2004 to 2011. Simpson actually began his career while still in college, interning at ABC 33/40 as well. After college, he worked at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi, where he was Chief Meteorologist.

Jason was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal for excellence in television weather in 2007. Simpson graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology.

Jason has covered many weather events from hurricanes to tornadoes and blizzards. Jason was on the air April 27, 2011 and saw firsthand the magnitude of the destruction in different parts of Alabama. After the storm he took action, volunteering in devastated areas to help people rebuild and where he couldn’t go, he sent supplies.

A staunch advocate for science education in the classroom, Jason has been instrumental in building curriculum for elementary and middle school science classes through the “ABC’s of Weather” series that he produced for the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative.

Jason and his wife Lacey have two beautiful children: Walt (born in 2011) and Shelby (born in 2013).

Recent Articles
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    Check out this “Ice Spike” in Guntersville

    Sometimes cold weather causes strange things to happen.  Things like frost flowers and “ice spikes” happen more often than we know in this area, but they do seem unusual when they happen in your own backyard!  Check out the “ice spike” that formed in Theresa Kelley’s Guntersville bird bath Thursday morning when temperatures plunged into the mid-20s. Spikes like this are caused by upward-freezing water.  The following partial explanation and diagram are taken from “Ice Spike Formation Induced by Dendritic Ice Sheets” by Miles […]

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    BLOG: Snow showers across the Valley February 8-9, 2016

    This is an archived live blog. Below, you’ll see our posts about convective snow showers which produced 1-3 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday. To read the current forecast discussion, click here.

  • Two cardinals in tree with heavy snow falling. Taken in Dellrose, Lincoln County TN

    A cold wind and some occasional snow Monday afternoon through Tuesday

    A big blast of cold weather comes in two waves: one on Monday, the second Monday night.  Some showers move in ahead of the first cold front Monday morning, so an umbrella won’t be a bad accessory to have on hand.  Temperatures drop into the 30s around sunrise, but there is no risk of any travel hazards beyond wet roads early in the day. By Monday afternoon, another wave of showers moves in and gradually mixes with then changes to […]

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    Streaks in the sky on Friday

    Some days our perfectly clear, blue sky shows some white, smoky-looking lines that follow aircraft.  These are “contrails,” or more technically: cirrus aviaticus.  They are clouds that develop in high altitudes as water vapor crystallizes around small exhaust particles (it makes small ice crystals) up around 20,000 to 30,000 feet. I noticed them showing up by late morning, and Ramona Edwards sent a photo of several of them clustered over the Marshall County sky on Friday around midday. She writes: “…there were […]

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    Barkley Bridge Kindergarten Kidcam!

    If you ever need a pick-me-up, hang out with some Kindergarteners!  I had a blast with the Barkley Bridge Kindergarten classes on Thursday morning.  We talked about the atmosphere and how air, water and sunshine come together to make all the weather we get; I’m sure you would not be shocked to know that they were pretty pumped up about the chance of some snow next week, too. Kindergarten classes are a little different experience for me.  Usually I have a […]

  • Tornado Damage in Pickens County via NWS Birmingham

    Storm surveys in west Alabama: McMullen/Carrollton Tornado an EF-2

    While the Tennessee Valley got wind and rain Tuesday night, a few very intense storms produced tornadoes in West Alabama.  The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirms at least FOUR tornadoes in West Alabama from Tuesday’s storms; the strongest was an EF-2 (the one featured in all of the pictures and videos):  Click here for the official survey from the NWS Birmingham. 320PM: 4 confirmed tornadoes so far…2 in Pickens (Aliceville & Ethelsville), 1 in Fayette (Ashcraft Corner), 1 in […]

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    Strong to severe storm threat remains for tonight, greatest threat after 6 p.m.

    A risk of some strong to severe storms exists on Tuesday over a broad area; around here, the greatest chance of stormy weather comes after 6 PM Tuesday evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 3 AM Wednesday; wind gusts away from storms may exceed 35 MPH.

  • SPC Severe Weather Outlook

    Strong to severe storm threat remains for tonight, greatest threat after 6 p.m.

    A risk of some strong to severe storms exists on Tuesday over a broad area; around here, the greatest chance of stormy weather comes after 6 PM Tuesday evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 3 AM Wednesday; wind gusts away from storms may exceed 35 MPH. SPC Severe Weather Outlook  (Outlook as of 7 a.m. CST/CDT Tuesday) A strong cold front will bring the chance of strong to severe thunderstorms beginning by late this afternoon over northwest Alabama then spreading across the […]

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    Brookhill Third Grade Kidcam!

    It’s the best part of my job.  I consider visiting classrooms (or in this case, an entire grade level) an honor and a privilege, and it is a lot of fun.  We may or may not have been loud enough to be heard throughout the school while giving our big Kidcam shout-outs from Brookhill’s auditorium just before lunchtime Friday! This is the third-straight year Mrs. Huddleston has invited me to hang out with the Third Graders, and I am never […]

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    Warming trend sets up stormy weather next week

    January 2016 has been about as “normal” as it gets.  Temperatures can get wild in the first month of the year; the normal range is about 10-12ºF  from the seasonal average.  In other words, having a day in the 30s followed up by a day in the 50s and/or 60s is not really all that out of the ordinary for this time of year.  This year, we are running almost 3ºF below average.  For comparison, January 2014 was almost eight […]

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    Warmer weekend, strong to severe storms possible next week

    Cold air is “just stopping by” for a little while because warmer weather pushes the chill out of the Tennessee Valley by the weekend.  A strong area of high pressure nearby shifts southeast of us Friday night into Saturday setting up a return flow of warmer, more humid air from the Gulf of Mexico for the weekend and the first half of next week. In other words, it’s quiet through the weekend around here.  Check out the active weather in […]

  • EF-3 tornado in Limestone County (Al Whitaker/WHNT News 19)

    Tennessee Valley area SKYWARN training schedule released

    The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville released the 2016 Spring Storm Spotter Training Schedule this week. Anita McBurnett is the Director of the Marshall County EMA, and she sums it up well: “A storm spotter class will be held Tuesday evening February 9, 2016 starting at 6:00 pm at the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) located at 3550 Creek Path Road in Guntersville Alabama. The class is sponsored by EMA in conjunction with the Huntsville office of the […]


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