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
  • Frigid Friday morning followed by a quick warm-up

    The frost may be thick on your windshield Friday morning! Temperatures are chilly this morning, but the wind isn’t a problem. We are in the upper 20s to lower 30s at 6am. Winds are only up to 10 mph this morning opposed to gusts over 20 mph we had yesterday. We only get one night of freezing temperatures (low to middle 20s), and then a big warm-up begins from Friday afternoon through the weekend. Some rain may come along with […]

  • Monrovia Middle School Sixth Grade Kidcam!

    One of the best parts of my job is going to speak in schools, and today’s group was top-notch.  I really enjoyed meeting this crew of Monrovia Middle School Hawks!  A big contingent of the Sixth Grade met with me in the auditorium where we talked about how the science of meteorology winds and twists through other fields like engineering, chemistry, physics, geology and geography. We also talked about severe weather, tornadoes, storms, and why we even have to deal […]

  • Warm Wednesday, some storms, then a big shock to the system!

    Significant severe weather developed well south of the Tennessee Valley Tuesday afternoon; multiple tornadoes struck around New Orleans before lunchtime (one hitting NASA Michoud) and more intense storms are likely near the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama, and Northwest Florida through the evening. Huge tornado hits NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Tuesday https://t.co/aoGkRNXANe — Jason Simpson (@simpsonwhnt) February 7, 2017 Around here, widely scattered showers and storms continue through 9 PM. A few spotty areas of heavy rain may move through […]

  • Hoping for snow? It may be time to ‘Let it Go’

    During the driest, most severe part of our drought, it always seemed like rain was about 7 to 10 days away.  The modeling was giving us a carrot-and-stick scenario.  It was always out there, but never seemed to make it in reality. The same could be said of winter weather this year.  We’ve had multiple views of winter weather threats in the 7-14 day time frame, but each time we’ve seen it, the warm weather pattern has muscled in and […]

  • Russellville West Elementary Kidcam!

    There are fun school visits, and then there are visits to Kindergarteners on a sunny Friday in February. If you’re ever feeling like you just don’t have any energy to finish the week, these young ladies and gentlemen can get you pumped up! Say hello to my friends at West Elementary in Russellville! I got to speak to over 200 Kindergarten students Friday morning who have been studying weather this week, and I learned a few things from them: They LOVE snow […]

  • Drought Update: recent rain made big improvements

    Dr. John Christy’s latest estimation of the Palmer Drought Index showed huge improvements following the weekend rain, but it will take greater-than-normal rainfall through the remainder of the winter to totally wipe out the deficit over Northeast Alabama. Jackson County and DeKalb County were among the biggest beneficiaries of the heavy rain: four to six inches of rain consistently around both counties. After 2-5 inches of rain, areas from Huntsville westward into The Shoals are considered to be ‘mid-range’ right […]

  • Drought-Buster! Weekend rain was a big help for many dry areas

    I’ve heard this question over and over today: how did the rain impact the drought? North Alabama’s drought problems may not be totally over, but rainfall from Friday to early Monday morning sure made some big improvements! Scottsboro ended up with 6.18” of rainfall; Huntsville had 5.25 inches, and Fort Payne had 4.92 inches in that same time frame.  The highest amounts over Northwest Alabama were a bit short of that: 3.49″ in Muscle Shoals and 2.93″ in Russellville. According to […]

  • Blustery Monday: wind gusts over 40 mph through this afternoon

    The rain has moved out, but now we’ve got strong winds blowing behind all of the stormy weather. Huntsville International recorded 5.30″ of rain since Friday; flooded streets and roads will improve today – especially with this strong wind. A Wind Advisory is in effect through 6 PM today. Expect wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. Need some specifics about the rest of the week or the weekend? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily […]

  • One more round of rain is coming Sunday night

    The first wave of severe storms missed the Tennessee Valley to the south producing significant wind and tornado damage in South Mississippi, South and Central Alabama and southern Georgia Saturday morning.  Four people died in a single strong tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi early Saturday morning. The second severe wave missed the Valley too, aiming at Southern Georgia and Northern Florida where 11 deaths have been confirmed. One more wave will move through, and again it looks like Northern Alabama will see […]

  • Storms for the Weekend: what to expect on Saturday and Sunday

    The Storm Prediction Center outlined a risk of some strong to severe storms for North and Central Alabama as well as Southern Tennessee for Saturday. Two waves of stormy weather move this way: one Saturday morning and another one late Saturday evening. Saturday morning’s storms are most likely south of the Tennessee Valley: Central and South Alabama get the brunt of the action. As that first wave passes, some showers and general thunderstorms are possible around the Valley; however, the […]

  • A few heavy storms possible late Thursday afternoon, evening

    Thursday will be a rainy, breezy and occasionally stormy day. WHNT News 19 will keep you updated on how the weather will impact you throughout your afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center outlined a ‘Marginal Risk’ of severe weather for Central & South Alabama today; there is concern that a few storms could produce some strong winds over 40 mph in the afternoon and evening. There is no risk of severe storms mentioned for the Tennessee Valley in the […]

  • Seventh-warmest January on record so far: where do we go from here?

    Huntsville’s average daily temperature (highs and lows) since January 10th has run a whopping 20ºF above ‘average.’ That puts us in 7th place for the warmest January on record so far, and there are still at least 6 or 7 more days of above-normal warmth coming through the next 10 days. Temperatures stay a little short of record highs for most of this week, but it still won’t be feeling like January. Expect a low tonight in the upper 50s […]