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
  • Huntsville Evening - Summer

    Staying hot and sticky Friday evening, storms to kick off the weekend

    That hot, sticky air outside Friday afternoon is fueling storms north of the Tennessee Valley, and some of those could make it as far south as the Tennessee River late this evening. The odds of substantial rain are small, so don’t cancel your plans tonight. Just be aware that some storms are possible after 7 PM (mainly in Tennessee). It won’t be very pleasant out tonight: temperatures hanging in the upper 80s after sunset with high humidity and a slight […]

  • Chance of measurable rain through Thursday evening (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Slim chance of a late-day shower or storm Thursday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There is plenty of heat and humidity to go around again Thursday afternoon, but without a good forcing mechanism, no showers or storms have formed as of 2:30 p.m. The active storm track continues to be about 50 to 100 miles to our north where repeated rounds of heavy storms have caused serious flooding in western Kentucky. Communities between Bowling Green and Paducah have picked up nearly 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. The […]

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    Stormy Wednesday: watch out for scattered heavy storms from morning to night

    Scattered showers and storms develop overnight in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee bringing another good chance of “scattered” heavy downpours to the Tennessee Valley for Wednesday morning.  Some of the showers/storms may produce intense lightning, gusty winds and torrential rainfall (more than 2″ is possible in a few isolated spots).  Be on the lookout for rain in the morning – it won’t happen for every community, but some will get a soaking. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: More […]

  • Cullman, Alabama by Kerry Kelso

    Fireworks & tonight’s weather: Scattered storms may bring gusty winds through the evening

    Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Scattered thunderstorms moving across North Alabama and Tennessee are very electric, and some are producing strong gusty winds. We got a report of some trees down around Central and Cloverdale in Lauderdale County at 8:20 PM.  More heavy storms are moving into The Shoals ahead of fireworks displays this evening. Facebook live video update from Monday evening (8-8:15 PM): A few storms could push severe limits (wind gusts 58 MPH+) through tonight […]

  • 2016 Fourth of July Day Of Forecast

    What to expect for the Independence Day Weekend forecast

    The southern heat and humidity is back in full force, and it is going to be a scorching holiday in the Valley. In fact, temperatures will reach the mid-to-upper 90s both Sunday and Monday; when you factor in the humidity, it will feel more like 100 degrees. Be sure to have plenty of ice water on hand if you are celebrating Independence Day outdoors! The odds of rain and a few storms increase over the weekend, but it’s looking like […]

  • GFS model guidance for Thursday, 7/7

    Scattered storms then 100s coming soon?

    Humidity slowly increases over the weekend setting us up for a steamy set of days with a few pop-up, hit-or-miss, heat-of-the-day showers and thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. With the hot temperatures and high humidity combined, conditions outdoors will become more oppressive on Sunday and Monday: highs between 95ºF and 100ºF, with heat indices near 100° to 105°. There is a better chance of some scattered storms on Monday and especially Tuesday. What to expect this weekend: Rain chances climb a bit […]

  • Dana Dollar; Section, Alabama

    Some storms in Tennessee Tuesday evening, drying out soon

    Summer storms have dealt us an uneven hand lately.  Some folks got a lot, some got a little, and some got none.  Other than a slim chance of a few isolated thunderstorms in Tennessee (and extreme northern Alabama) through the evening hours, we have nothing of significance coming up until the Fourth of July Weekend.  (Get the full perspective of the forecast with our discussion and day-by-day forecast description at WHNT.com.) Some of our recent storms even produced small swaths […]

  • Tree damage in Lincoln County (Photo: Will Harbin)

    95 MPH winds cause damage southern Lincoln County over the weekend

    Saturday’s wind damage around South Lincoln, Tennessee was caused by a destructive thunderstorm downburst. It’s tornado-like damage because of the force of the wind, but it was not an actual tornado. See below for the official survey. Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 244 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016 …NWS Damage Survey for 06/25/16 Thunderstorm Wind Event… .South Lincoln Thunderstorm Wind Event… Peak wind /E/: 95 MPH Path length /Statute/: 4.51 Miles Path width /Maximum/: 1.94 Yards […]

  • Futurecast RPM Feels Like 2016

    Hot, humid and a few spotty storms on Friday

    It’s muggy out there!  Temperatures barely dropped into the upper 70s and lower 80s before 11 PM, and that heat and humidity stays through the night. It gets hot on Friday; the heat index by mid-afternoon soars as high as 100ºF again except where spotty storms pop up (and where cooler air is already moving in): Watch out for two things on Friday: hot weather and some scattered storms.  The best chance of those storms around Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and […]

  • Image: WHNT News 19

    Drought Expands: spotty storms can’t make up the difference

    The ongoing drought in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee is expanding. It grew by almost 9% in Alabama and about 2% in Tennessee. The “severe” drought expanded this week from a small area in Northeast Alabama to include most of Morgan, Madison, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties.   What would it take to end the drought? Rain, and a lot of it.  We just don’t see a lot in our near future. According to Alabama’s State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, it […]

  • Cullman, Alabama by Kerry Kelso

    What makes summer storms so electric?

    Massive, powerful summertime storms produce unbelievable lightning. They rise as high as 50,000 feet into the sky above where temperatures drop as low as 5ºF below zero even on a hot summer day. Hot, humid air blasting upward cools and condenses into water drops; they keep rising and freeze solid. The rain and ice smash into each other in the turbulent storms charing up the clouds and giving us an incredible show at the ground. The charges develop when small […]

  • Shelf cloud over Fort Payne (Photo: Rayford Bethune)

    Stormy Wednesday evening: severe threat ending

    The risk of severe weather is over in Tennessee and quickly diminishing in North Alabama as storms are moving out. See the recap of what happened on Wednesday afternoon and evening in the archived posts below. Keep track of heavy summer storms with WHNT News 19: We offer a number of free resources to keep you informed when the weather is getting rough. Live Alert 19 is a great resource to have because it gives you radar, storm tracking ability, […]

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