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 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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    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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