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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
  • 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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    Bringing the Heat: summer 2016 one of the hottest on record

    Summer 2016 has been a hot one. The average daytime high of 93.6ºF through Thursday makes this summer (so far) the ninth-hottest on record in Huntsville. It’s also been dry, but the rainfall numbers at Huntsville International are a little skewed from some recent heavy storms nearby; 9.32” since June 1 is 40th-driest on record in Huntsville. On the other hand, Valley Head has only recorded 2.95” in that same time making it the third-driest period June-July period on record […]

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    Scattered heavy storms Thursday bring gusty winds, locally-heavy rain

    A tropical air mass over the Tennessee Valley means heavy downpours on Thursday afternoon and evening have the potential to drop a lot of rain in a short time: as much as 0.75″ to 1.25″ in less than 60 minutes. The heaviest storms slowly dissipate after 7 PM, and only light, spotty showers and sprinkles last beyond that through midnight. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the […]

  • Light rain/drizzle falling in Downtown Huntsville Thursday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Clouds, occasional rain keep temperatures in the 80s Thursday

    Locally-heavy storms become more common on Thursday and Friday, but rainfall still looks very uneven. Some storms will be heavy enough to drop an inch to two inches of rain in less than an hour. We also expect to break the ninety-degree streak on Thursday and Friday, but the heat builds again next week. Don’t cancel your plans over the threat of rain! Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert […]

  • FV3 offers 'zoom-in' capability when threats loom
An example of FV3's capability to zoom in on critical weather events: here, the model resolution has been enhanced to better represent hurricanes threatening the Southeastern US. The reverse side is coarser resolution because we are less concerned with that part of the world. By enhancing the resolution only over a part of the earth, we are able to economically get to ultra-high resolution simulations of important areas, or on a potentially-dangerous storm, anywhere around the globe. The colors represent the grid spacing lengths, and the grid is partially outlined in black. (NOAA)

    A Leap Forward: new concept, better forecasts

    If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “what do the models show for us?”  Forecast models are computer simulations of the atmosphere, and they do a decent job on the whole. These simulations are a two-edged sword, though.  Sometimes the high-degree of detail gives a false sense of certainty while giving us good clues to what the real-world weather will be like out as far as 10 to 15 days now. NOAA announced on Tuesday a […]

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    Storms become heavier and more widespread later in the week

    Isolated thunderstorms continue through the early evening; some of them get heavy at times producing a lot of rain, wind gusts over 30 MPH and frequent lightning. Where it does not rain it’s just hot; expect temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s through 9 PM with only a small chance of any one spot getting rain. Wednesday starts out warm and humid, but a better chance of afternoon showers and storms keeps the excessive heat down a little: […]

  • Saturday, July 23rd

    Hot with some scattered storms on Saturday

    Scattered heavy downpours develop around Alabama and Tennessee again on Saturday.  The day starts out warm and humid, and while rain is not “likely” before noon, a few showers are possible.   The Heat Advisory is still in effect even though temperatures come down considerably from Thursday’s high of 100ºF.  Expect a “feels like” temp as high as 105ºF by mid-afternoon unless you’re lucky enough to get a cooling downpour. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to […]

  • Fyffe, Alabama on July 21 by Brooke Phillips

    Scattered heavy storms increase through Friday evening

    HEAT ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY A brief but heavy thunderstorm dropped the temperature from 95ºF to 79ºF and brought a 41 MPH wind gust to Huntsville International around 2 PM today. Storms started out very isolated Friday, but they will increase in coverage through the evening hours. A few storms have the potential to briefly turn severe with high winds and hail. Friday evening storms move out by 11 PM leaving us muggy with patchy fog tonight; lows drop […]

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    Dangerous heat continues: NWS issues heat advisory

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville posted a Heat Advisory for a large part of the Tennessee Valley for Friday and Saturday.  Expect temperatures to climb into the upper 90s to near 100 degrees both days with a heat index that could exceed 105ºF to 108ºF during the hottest part of the day.  See the Forecast here or swipe over to the daily forecast on Live Alert 19 to see the specifics on how long the heat lasts. LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN- MARSHALL-CULLMAN-LINCOLN- […]

  • Thursday, July 21st

    Very hot for Thursday and Friday with a few heavy downpours

    Wednesday marked the fourth time Huntsville has hit 99ºF this summer, and Thursday should mark the first 100ºF day of the year. It gets very hot very fast with only a small chance of a few isolated showers and storms. Here’s the deal with the rain chance on Thursday and Friday: a low chance of some heavy rain. In other words, the odds of rain at your spot are low; however, if you are the one that gets the rain, […]

  • Wednesday, July 20th

    Heating Up: heat index over 105ºF and a slim chance of heavy storms Wednesday

    Look out for some patchy fog overnight!  Communities that saw heavy rain Tuesday may end up with spotty areas of poor visibility early Wednesday morning. Wednesday starts steamy and ends up just plain hot!  The chance of an isolated shower or storm is there, but it is tiny.  (Keep track of showers with WHNT News 19’s Interactive Radar and Live Alert 19!) It gets awfully hot: low-90s by 10 AM with a high pushing 99ºF by 4 PM.  The “feels like” temperature […]

  • Thursday, July 14th

    Thursday brings the heat and some heavy thunderstorms

    Expect some patchy fog by sunrise, and we will be watching the radar for a few isolated showers and storms for the morning drive.  The best chance of some early-day rain comes in The Shoals and in Tennessee mainly west of I-65 (Giles, Lawrence and Wayne Counties). More scattered heavy storms develop from late morning through the afternoon and evening, and a few of those could be on the strong side with brief but high wind gusts, small hail, torrential […]

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