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
  • Towering storms from Hampton Cove by K. Warmath

    Summer’s sizzle: no long-term heat or drought relief in sight

    The only chance of any heat relief anytime soon?  A few isolated showers and storms may dot the landscape over the next few days, but “hot” – not “stormy” – is the word that best describes what to expect through Thursday and Friday. Temperatures begin in the mid-70s at the bus stop, and there’s no need to worry about rain for the drive to work or school.  Spotty showers/storms are possible in the afternoon and early evening, but most communities miss […]

  • ECMWF Hurricane Hermine?

    A lot of buzz about the tropics

    August 24th marks the 24th anniversary of the last Category Five hurricane in the United States: Hurricane Andrew. While we are watching the system approaching the Bahamas closely, this one doesn’t have the same kind of high-end potential Andrew had.  See the video for more about that historic storm and a look at where “Invest 99-L” is headed as of Wednesday evening: Hurricane Wilma – the last “major” hurricane to strike the United States – made landfall 3,957 days ago. […]

  • fIONA

    Tropical Storm Fiona no threat to the United States as of now

    Got beach plans for the weekend or next week?  Scattered showers and storms are possible, but Tropical Storm Fiona will have no impact on the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida.  The storm stays relatively weak and never really even comes close to any land masses through early next week. Beach Forecast Tropical Storm Fiona from NHC

  • Donna Prickett, Guntersville, Alabama 8/17/2016

    If it’s not a rainbow, then what is it?

    Donna Prickett sent me this photo today: Shot this over Lake Guntersville this afternoon.  Ramona Edwards told me I should ask you if it’s ” a little rainbow, maybe.” So what is it? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a rainbow as an “arc.” This is clearly not an arc, so can we call it a rainbow? Based on the strict definition, no, we can’t. The go-to resource for things like this is Atmospheric Optics, and this is what I found: “Sometimes colored […]

  • Iridescent clouds near the Moon by Darren Wagner in New Market

    Cool Clouds: Iridescent clouds near Monday night’s Moon

    Darren Wagner snapped a cool picture of some shiny clouds near the Moon Monday evening near New Market.  It’s not the classic “halo” associated with the famous “ring around the moon means rain is coming soon.”  It’s actually iridescence. Iridescence, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a lustrous rainbowlike play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves (as from an oil slick, soap bubble, or fish scales) that tends to change as the angle of view changes.”  (What is “refraction?”) explains the difference […]

  • Shadows across a tropical sky in Guntersville, Alabama

    Dark lines in the sky? There’s a simple explanation for that!

    In between all of the awesome rainbow photos from Friday, Danita Dalrymple saw something else in the sky over Marshall County and writes: Driving across causeway in Guntersville on hwy 69 Friday evening around 7:15 pm. I was going South (East according to GPS) with the sun setting directly behind me and saw these dark rays.  What are they? Thanks Danita Those are shadows cast by the setting sun to the west as the light passes by (and gets blocked […]

  • Dutton Creek in Morgan County on 8/9/16

    Where’s the rain? Locally-heavy storms leave some soaked, others parched

    Scattered storms cannot get the job done for everyone; we need more widespread soaking rain to really put a dent in the drought! The chance of showers and storms for the rest of the week looks similar to how it’s been the past few days: some with a lot, a lot with a little. And some have had next to nothing lately. Steve Steele in the Penn Community west of Danville sent this photo of Dutton Creek on Tuesday.  He […]

  • UserName:Jared Pepper PhoneNumber: Description:Storm coming from south east, right behind ELHS.

    Flash Flooding Possible: Locally-heavy storms may produce big amounts of rain this week

    Some of the drought’s hardest-hit areas (DeKalb, Jackson, Madison Counties in Alabama, northwestern Georgia and southeastern Tennessee) get the best shot at some real drought-denting rain in coming days; there’s a good chance of “locally-heavy rain” all over North Alabama and Southern Tennessee through the end of the week.   Track any storms that develop near you with’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Updated guidance from NOAA’s WPC late Monday evening […]

  • A "disturbed" northwesterly flow brings a chance of scattered but heavy storms through the weekend

    Hot Friday! Mid-90s with more scattered storms

    The weather stays quiet overnight; however, a hot, humid air mass like this is capable of producing a stray shower or storm at almost any time.  In other words, don’t be totally surprised if you happen to find yourself under a brief shower by morning. Expect bus stop and morning commute temperatures in the mid-70s; we will hit the 90s by midday and climb toward a high of 96ºF (with a  feels like near 101ºF) between 1 PM and 5 […]

  • Heavy storms on August 3rd (green area is "best chance")

    Locally-heavy storms in Tennessee, North Alabama Wednesday afternoon

    A batch of heavy thunderstorms moving south from Tennessee impacts mainly the northwestern part of Alabama through 7 PM.  Any storms that develop could have wind gusts over 40 MPH, frequent lightning, and locally-heavy rainfall (more than one inch in a 30-60 minute time span). Track heavy storms with’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Storms taper off after sunset Wednesday evening leaving us fair, warm and humid overnight. Thursday looks similar: […]

  • UserName:Bobby Collins. PhoneNumber:2566945969 Description:Took this from fifth floor office a few minutes ago. Looking towards Madison.

    Strong storms in Tennessee Monday evening

    A complex of heavy storms in Middle Tennessee will kick off additional storms farther south this evening, and some of those could impact North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee through 10 PM. While most of us won’t get a drop of rain, isolated heavy storms (those in progress and any other that develop) could produce over an inch of rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. There are no plans for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at this time, but the Storm […]

  • Storms possible early and again in the afternoon Tuesday

    More Hot Weather: school starts with more big-time heat

    Isolated showers on Monday evening quiet down before 10 PM, but a few more will develop overnight in Tennessee and make a run for the Alabama state line by daybreak. The chance of scattered downpours is better Tuesday afternoon, but expect very uneven rainfall in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. It’s more of the same for the rest of the week: hot and humid with a daily chance of some scattered heavy thunderstorms. Very hot, very humid: The period from […]


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