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: 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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    Valleywx.com: Arctic blast headed to the South

    What a blast of cold air coming this way! The temperature dropped almost 50 degrees within 24 hours on Monday in the heart of the cold air mass, and a major winter storm worked its way across Minnesota and Wisconsin: Denver International Airport was 53ºF at midnight; it has dropped to 18ºF with light snow as of 3:53 PM: In a rare turn of events, Summit County Schools cancelled all PM Activities = Too Hazardous. #RARE @KDVR @DrJonKedski pic.twitter.com/szhCRQcgk6 — […]

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    BLOG: Some storms Tuesday morning, but none severe

    Storms continue this morning, but none are severe.  Check our live blog on Valleywx.com for the very latest. (Refresh for latest loop) WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Mobile Applications Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text) -Jason Connect with me! Google+: Jason Simpson Facebook: Jason Simpson’s Fan Page Twitter: @simpsonwhnt

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    Valleywx: Saturday night fireball!

    A very bright fireball was observed over the South last Saturday night. Several reports of bright lights and loud booms have come into WHNT News 19 since then, so we went to the source for all things astronomical: Dr. Bill Cooke at NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Lab.

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    One more early June tornado

    Three tornadoes have struck the Tennessee Valley in the month of June; that’s not unheard of, but it is not the norm! The Scottsboro Tornado and the Colbert/Lawrence Tornado have already been reported. The latest discovery is one from Tanner on June 5th surveyed by Tony Lyza at UAH after we sent him some video posted to WHNT News 19’s Facebook page (video by Rebecca Newbill): 000 NOUS44 KHUN 171703 PNSHUN ALZ005-180515- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 1203 PM CDT TUE […]

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    Live Blog: Saturday Night Storms

    Read the latest on the storms in our live blog on Valleywx.com.

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    Friday’s Thunderstorm Threat: Live Blog

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 7 PM for Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties. Check our live blog on Valleywx.com for the very latest updates. Refresh for the latest radar image; scroll down for text updates on the situation

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    Continuous Updates: Live Blog on Valleywx.com

    (WHNT) – Strong to severe storms are possible through the evening in the Tennessee Valley. Strong winds, torrential rain, and dangerous lightning are likely with the strongest storms. Much of the Tennessee Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m. WHNT News 19 has crews stationed throughout the area to bring you the latest information on air and online.  Check our live blog on Valleywx.com for continuous updates.

  • Warm & Humid; Stray Storm Possible

    Saturday Morning, May 24, 2014 Meteorologist Jake Reed A very weak, nearly-stalled front is draped from northwest to southeast across the Tennessee Valley this morning. This could serve as a focal point for a stray afternoon or evening storm, but the chance of rain appears quite low. Temperatures are off to a mild start; low and middle 60s will quickly warm into the 80s by this afternoon. With the weak front in the area, some communities in the Valley will […]

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    Valleywx.com: Wednesday’s Storms — What to Expect

    11:26 AM UpdateA Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 7pm for most of the Tennessee Valley: The Storm Prediction Center’s Day One Outlook has all of the Tennessee Valley, Central Alabama, and Middle Tennessee in a SLIGHT RISK through this evening. Storms could potentially produce “all modes of severe weather;” that means strong winds, hail, and a low-end threat of tornadoes. This is not the same kind of threat we faced back on April 28th! Thunderstorms have already been […]

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    Wednesday’s Storms: Live Blog

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 7 PM for much of North Alabama and Middle Tennessee. Widespread showers and thunderstorms over Central Alabama are helping keep activity down now, but stronger storms will develop through the afternoon and evening especially west of I-65. We’ll keep running updates in our live blog on Valleywx.com throughout the event.

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    Valleywx.com: More Details on Tuesday Afternoon & Evening Storm Threat

    Heavy storms near the Gulf Coast may be reducing the amount of “return flow” we are getting right now; that’s delaying the onset of strong thunderstorm development in Mississippi and Alabama. The highest potential for severe weather today and tonight is south of US 72; however, there is a risk of a few strong storms even into Southern Middle Tennessee through midnight. The sunshine we’re getting now is helping to rapidly destabilize the atmosphere; CAPE (instability) is up in the […]


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