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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    Valleywx.com blog: SKYWARN Spotter training for the deaf and hard of hearing

    If you have never been to SKYWARN Spotter Training, it’s a great resource to learn about severe storms whether you love them or you are terrified of them. NWS Huntsville Meteorologist Jennifer Saari has worked hard in recent years to reach out to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to make sure they have access to this kind of critical information.

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    Valleywx blog: Ants on the flood waters

    I was a Meteorologist/Reporter at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi in the early days of my career.  I learned a lot about reporting weather, but one thing about my news reporting life that I have carried with me ever since was a bit of wisdom from my News Director John Johnson: “if it’s interesting to you, it’s interesting to the people watching you.”

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    A personal note from WHNT Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson about son Brody

    Jason Simpson, WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist, returns to our newscasts the evening of Monday, June 1. He has been spending time with his family for the past few weeks after the birth of son Brody on May 8, 2015. Brody is making progress, but the family asks for your continued thoughts and prayers as he continues to battle several complications.

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    BLOG: See our coverage of severe weather Friday, April 3

    Read the live blog tracking the latest developments from the WHNT  weather team as rain and some heavy thunderstorms moved through the Tennessee Valley. We posted continuous updates in our live blog on Valleywx.com.    

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    Winter storm watch issued for parts of north Alabama

    (WHNT)– A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the Tennessee Valley ahead of Thursday morning’s winter weather threat. Areas included in the watch are generally along and west of I-65. The greatest threat of significant ice, power outages, and hazardous travel looks to be in Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and extreme northwestern Alabama. That’s where temperatures drop fastest and precipitation will still be heavy enough to create some potentially serious problems. This will be different than winter weather […]

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    Winter Storm Potential: What to Expect on Friday and Saturday

    A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for Northeast Alabama and Middle Tennessee Friday through early Saturday morning, and a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the rest of the Tennessee Valley. This is how the warning/advisory situation stacked up before 10 PM Thursday: The WINTER STORM WARNING is a more significant alert than the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY. The counties included in it may have a period of prolonged icing; the advisory counties can expect lighter amounts of wintry […]

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    UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning issued for Friday and Saturday

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville (as well as Nashville) has posted a Winter Storm Warning for Friday and Saturday. There is also a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for counties not included north Alabama’s “warning:” For a breakdown on the timeline and impacts, see our full discussion at WHNT.com/Weather. Here’s part of it: “An area of light snow mixed with some sleet begins in The Shoals between 4 AM and 8 AM Friday. Early-morning precipitation will be relatively light, […]

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    It just got interesting: Major winter storm possible next week in the South

    (WHNT) – We’ve known for a while now that there could be a “threat” of some wintry weather early next week, but confidence is increasing that a major winter storm could unfold across the South between Monday and Wednesday. All of the players are on the field, but their positions matter a lot. A surface high over the northeastern US and a low near the Gulf Coast often signal big snows for this area; however, the uncertainty of the exact […]

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    TVA, local utilities ask customers to reduce usage Jan. 7-8

    Some power outages have already occurred today, and more are possible tonight as the power grid strains to keep up with the need to keep homes warm. Not all outages will be directly related to the cold; some trees may come down on lines in the gusty winds today and tonight. Soggy ground means it does not take quite as much wind to push trees over onto lines as it would if the ground were firm and dry. The following […]

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    Valleywx.com: A look at the Pre-Christmas storm system

    A weather pattern like this has snow-lovers peering as far as possible into the future to see what could be coming down the road. The fact that we’re edging closer to Christmas makes it an even more interesting set-up. How close could we get to a partially White Christmas? The odds are long, but it could be possible for some in and near the Tennessee Valley if it worked out exactly as today’s longer-range guidance suggests. “Partially white” (my own […]

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    Valleywx.com: Record-Setting Cold Next Week?

    It’s unusual to see record cold temperatures on a Seven Day Forecast. Records are records for a reason – they don’t happen often! When I made today’s outlook, I didn’t look at the records because I didn’t want them to influence my ideas. Now that I’ve seen them and some new data, I’m very confident we’re going to come very close to breaking a few record lows and record “minimum maximums” (coldest daytime highs) next week. Check out the midday […]

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    Valleywx.com: Arctic Blast – What To Expect

    There’s a lot of excitement in the weather world about this big surge of Arctic air in November; it is unusual to have this before Thanksgiving, but it’s not unprecedented at all! We don’t actually expect any record lows with it, but we could see a few record minimum maximums – those are the lowest high temperatures on record for a date. The Timeline: This front moves through the entire Tennessee Valley before 1 AM Wednesday; ahead of it, we […]


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