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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    Winter Weather Advisory issued through Saturday morning

    A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 12 PM Friday and lasts through 6 AM Saturday. A storm system bringing some light to moderate snow should produce around 1-2″ of snowfall for most of the Tennessee Valley region by daybreak on Saturday. Heavier snow is likely to the north in the Winter Storm Warning areas of Middle Tennessee. Some school systems have already made the decision to dismiss early on Friday. Check our list for updates throughout the afternoon and […]

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    Rain, some storms, and another winter weather threat for Friday/Saturday

    There’s a lot of buzz about the weather around here for the rest of the week: rain, storms, and snow all possible between now and Saturday morning. From our Forecast Discussion: Light drizzle Thursday morning won’t add up to much, but as it gets more widespread and heavy, some communities could see over two inches of rain this evening into Friday morning.  There is a risk of strong to severe storms in Central and South Alabama; it just looks like rain and thunder […]

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    Dense fog through Thursday morning

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville posted a *Dense Fog Advisory* until 7 AM Thursday, and the National Weather Service in Nashville posted a *Freezing Fog Advisory* until 9 AM Thursday for much of Middle and East Tennessee. The biggest challenge for travel in North Alabama through Thursday morning is visibility. In spots, it had already fallen below a tenth of a mile by 9:30 PM. Some of the thickest fog i've ever seen here on Brindlee Mtn. @simpsonwhnt pic.twitter.com/iBHZCY2c3j […]

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    Falkville Third Grade Kidcam!

    It may have been a rainy morning in Falkville, but we had a lot of fun anyway! I visited the Third Grade Friday and was greeted by these smiling faces. We talked about a wide range of topics from, of course, weather to what the students want to be when they grow up. There are some bright futures ahead: meteorologists, teachers, doctors, and even one student wants to be a paleontologist. Mrs. Lori Kyker teaches the science classes for this […]

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    Hurricane Alex: First January hurricane since 1938

    “This image was taken by GOES East at 1445Z on January 14, 2016. Alex is not just the first named storm for the 2016 calendar year. It’s also the first named storm to form in the Atlantic in January since 1978, the first January-born hurricane since 1938, and just the fourth known storm to arrive in the month since records began in 1851.” In other words, this doesn’t happen often, but January’s Hurricane Alex is not unprecedented.  It does have […]

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    Some storms possible on Saturday

    A strong cold front and the storm system driving it move in Saturday and bring a chance of some heavy thunderstorms. We’ll start the day with clouds and showers. Showers move out, and the atmosphere becomes more unstable temperatures rise into the upper 50s and lower 60s. The primary threats with any storms on Saturday will be a few strong wind gusts over 50 MPH and some hail; lightning and locally-heavy rain also come along with the strongest storms. Time-wise, […]

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    Late December rains fill the new Duck River Reservoir

    I can remember hearing about the Duck River Reservoir project when I was a kid, and over the past few years the project has finally become a reality. Carson Clark of U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt’s office sent me this information on the water levels after 10+ inches of rain last week (via Dale Greer & Susan Eller from the Cullman Community and Economic Development Agency):   “Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of Duck River Reservoir with you. As […]

  • A taxi sits stalled in the middle of a snow-packed street in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois overnight Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The city received more than a foot and a half of snow overnight.

    What if dreams of a “White Christmas” had come true?

    It’s rarely this warm on Easter when we want it to be that way, but this kind of rainy, unseasonably warm, humid weather around Christmas is just plain wrong. When I was little, I hoped against hope that the guy on TV was dead wrong; the forecast of 55ºF and sunshine would somehow “bust” and we’d have snow by Christmas morning.  (That never happened, by the way.) Back in 1992, my Mom had enough of the disappointing look in my […]

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    LIVE BLOG: Monday’s rain and wind ending, quieter tonight

    The risk of flash flooding is ending, but the breeze just won’t quit.  We could still see 30-35 MPH wind gusts through the evening hours as temperatures start falling.  The forecast discussion at WHNT.com/Weather will get you caught up with what to expect for the rest of the week! WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Mobile Applications Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text) Refresh this page for the latest radar image:

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    Heads Up: Potential for severe weather this week

    The numbers don’t lie. Wednesday’s severe weather threat is legitimate; the storms could get ugly if there’s no help from big storms south of us (near the Gulf Coast). Time after time we have seen storms blow up in coastal areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida that prevented severe weather in the central and northern parts of the state. While that is a possibility, it’s not a guarantee. Timing is everything – as it usually is.

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    Valleywx weather blog: Looking toward Sunday’s storms

    It’s been a while since we’ve had to deal with really stormy weather around here.  The last “major” storm system to blow through here did not really bring severe weather, but it did bring a lot of wind and rain back in mid-November.  This one has some similarity to that one, but every system is different!

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    Wooly worms, persimmons, and El Niño: looking toward Winter

    It’s been a while since we have visited the topic of the winter weather forecast, but a photo from Amy Sharpe on Wednesday evening brings us to the second level of the old-time folklore winter outlook: the wooly worm. This one is solid black, and if you understand what the folklore says, this is good for snow-lovers and bad for those who aren’t so happy to see the white stuff and the extremely cold weather. Read more at Valleywx.com

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