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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    Forecasts and rumors: December’s weather gets more interesting by the day

    Huntsville stayed below freezing for twelve hours from Thursday night to Friday morning, and we get another long period of subfreezing weather tonight: below freezing from around 6 PM Friday to around 9 AM Saturday.  Actual low temperatures range from 18ºF in the cold spots to around 25ºF in the middle of town by sunrise. Saturday and Sunday look like typically-cool early December days.  Look for a lot of sunshine both days; temperatures climb to the mid-40s Saturday with a […]

  • Map of Tornado Paths from November 29-November 30th (Photo - NWS Huntsville)

    Multiple tornadoes confirmed in the Tennessee Valley from Nov 29-30 severe storms

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville released a new survey statement Friday night to include another Cullman-Winston tornado from Tuesday night. With all the surveys put together in this reports it states that as many as nine tornadoes touched down in the Tennessee Valley area during the evening hours of Tuesday, November 29 as well as the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 30. Below are the details of the tornado damage assessment surveys conducted by the NWS. Public Information […]

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    BLOG: Severe weather moves through Tennessee Valley Nov. 29-30

    A line of intense storms moved across the Tennessee Valley late November 29 and into the early morning hours of November 30. The storms brought heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and tornadoes. Below is an archive of our blog we updated through the system.   Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

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    Another Threat: Severe storms possible again late tonight into early Wednesday morning

    Looking at this afternoon: temperatures rise to near record-warmth later today, and we see some sunshine for a while with a gusty south wind. That’s just setting up the next wave of stormy weather for late tonight into Wednesday morning.  We’ll still have a breeze: 10-20 miles per hour with higher gusts in the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center posted a ‘Slight Risk’ for most the Tennessee Valley for tonight and Wednesday. Storms are more likely to become stronger or […]

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    Heavy rain, high winds diminishing Monday evening, overnight

    The worst of the weather has ended in North Alabama: winds diminishing and rain dropping off. We’ve seen beneficial rain that should help reduce the fire threat, and without the wind, that will help get them under control. Rainfall through 8:30 PM Monday: Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron […]

  • Rainfall April 11-12, 2016 (the last time we had full coverage of rain)

    Best chance of rain in over seven months arrives next week

    Cool, dry air moving in on a gentle breeze makes it colder tonight, and there will be a little chill in the air this weekend even during the day. Temperatures fall to the mid-30s tonight with some scattered frost, and it only warms into the middle and upper 50s on Saturday afternoon. It gets even colder on Sunday morning: lows 25-30ºF for several hours before sunrise. The wind shifts around to the south on Sunday, and it starts to warm […]

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    Major Pattern Shift: rain, storms next week then much colder in December

    To say it’s been warm this Fall is an understatement; the average temperature since September 1st is 70.1ºF. That’s the warmest on record in Huntsville, and it’s also the driest September to November on record. Slightly cooler air slips in tonight for Friday and the weekend, but we have another push of very warm weather coming ahead of a major Fall storm system next week. In the short-term, the weather looks fine for Black Friday shopping, the playoffs, and spending […]

  • GEFS 500 mb anomaly Nov. 28 to Dec. 3

    Historic drought now covering almost 100% of Alabama

    Ninety-eight percent of Alabama’s land mass is now in at least “severe” drought conditions; over 80% of the state is in the “extreme” to “exceptional” category. This is very close to how the peak of the 2007-08 drought looked: The northern half of the state needs about 11 to 15 inches of rain to get out of drought conditions. The actual rainfall deficits for the year exceed that over much of Northeast Alabama and a few spots here and there around […]

  • GFS Futurecast rainfall (11/22/16)

    What to expect from Wednesday’s rain and when to expect even more!

    It’s not as cold tonight, so it won’t be frosty Wednesday morning. In fact, the lowest temperatures in even the cold spots will be well above the past few mornings: mainly in the lower and middle 40s. There is a chance of some rain Wednesday, but it’s not going to amount to much in most locations around here. We have lowered the chance of measurable rain to 40% in Huntsville and Decatur, so the best chance of measurable rain is primarily over northwestern Alabama […]

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    Plainview Third Grade Thanksgiving Feast 2016!

    The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because that’s the day I get to visit my friends in the Third Grade at Plainview in Rainsville, talk about weather, and join them for lunch in the annual Thanksgiving Feast! I love hanging out with these kids, these teachers and the parents!  They’re so welcoming and hospitable, and it’s just a highlight of this season for me. Before we ate lunch at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum, […]

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    As dry as it gets: some signs of a pattern change on the horizon

    The drought in the Tennessee Valley (along with much of Central Alabama, Southern Tennessee and North Georgia) is about as bad as it gets.  Some communities have not had appreciable rainfall in months, but there are some signs of change ahead. Dry weather and dry air are causing lots of problems from agriculture to allergies; if you’re feeling dehydrated or have a cough you just can’t get rid of, it may be the weather. It gets cold early Tuesday!  Expect another […]

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    Rain on the way Friday night, then it turns much colder!

    We have reached the end of the sustained unseasonably warm weather. Friday’s high temperatures came close to record territory again, but a cold front brings a good chance of rain and much colder air in the near future! Track rain moving across the region tonight with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! High school football games around North Alabama and Southern Tennessee look mild and dry for the most part; however, there […]