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
  • STRONG STORMS AGAIN: another round of strong storms today

    Wednesday evening’s round of heavy storms left behind numerous power outages, several fallen trees, and some localized flooding thanks to torrential rainfall. The atmosphere reloads tonight and Thursday, and another wave of heavy thunderstorms is likely. Some of those storms could be severe. PHOTOS: Wednesday’s storms brought some cool-looking clouds and some awesome rainbows! Severe weather risk? The Storm Prediction Center outlines a *MARGINAL RISK* for severe storms in southern middle Tennessee. There is a *SLIGHT RISK* north of US […]

  • YOUR PHOTOS: Heavy storms, rainbows, and cool clouds on Wednesday

    A band of heavy storms with intense lightning, gusty winds, and some interesting clouds formations blew through North Alabama and Tennessee Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Some wind damage occurred with trees knocked down in Franklin County; the wind and lightning knocked out electricity in several spots by early evening.  Those storms are ending, but we do expect more of them – potentially as strong if not stronger than these – on Thursday and Friday! Here’s a view of the shelf […]

  • Storms ending this evening, more likely on Thursday

    7:50 PM: The severe weather threat has ended for the Tennessee Valley Wednesday evening, but more storms are likely on Thursday! 5:53 PM: Severe storms have knocked down trees and power lines in Franklin County, and there’s an unconfirmed report of trees and lines down around Crockett State Park in Lawrence County, Tennessee – possibly causing a fire on the back side of the park. These storms will move east and weaken this evening through 9 PM. 2:30 PM: We’re […]

  • Alberto exits, but more scattered heavy storms develop this week

    Alberto is moving away from North Alabama tonight; however, some leftover showers may stick around tonight under a cloudy sky, and more tropical downpours develop in the days ahead in the soupy, tropical air mass left in Alberto’s wake. Expect more ‘scattered’ storms on Wednesday: the kind that develop here and there soaking some neighborhoods while leaving others hot and dry with no rain at all. Any storms that develop will have a load of moisture to work with, so […]

  • Alberto moving north across Alabama through Tuesday: heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes possible

    Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened to a ‘depression’ as of 10 PM Monday, but the storm still likely brings heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and a low-end risk of a brief tornado northward into North Alabama and Southern Tennessee on Tuesday.  Alberto made landfall at Laguna Beach, Florida and tracked inland over South Alabama Monday evening. Track the Alberto’s progress as well as local rain/storm activity with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! The […]

  • More Storms for Saturday: locally-heavy rain, intense lightning in scattered weekend storms

    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Subtropical Storm Alberto in the northwestern Caribbean, and it will have big implications in the weather over much of the South for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend as it moves toward the Alabama Gulf Coast by Monday. TRACK ALBERTO: Latest position, track and radar/satellite imagery on WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar The primary thing Alberto does for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee: the gates of the Gulf open wide, and tropical moisture blows north […]

  • Isolated showers Thursday, more widespread over the holiday weekend

    A few spotty showers are still possible this afternoon and evening; however, most of us are just feeling the heat!  Temperatures have already hit the lower 90s with a heat index between 91ºF and 95ºF. We’re keeping track of a large area of disturbed weather over the Yucatan Peninsula  that has potential to become a tropical depression or storm in the next five days. Whether it develops or not, we do see an increased threat of rain and thunderstorms coming […]

  • Isolated Showers Thursday, more widespread rain over the holiday weekend

    Most of the widespread storms stayed south of the Tennessee Valley region Wednesday, and it looks about the same for Thursday: higher rain chances south, few if any downpours around North Alabama and Tennessee. Expect the heat and humidity to keep it feeling like summertime, though! Daytime highs top out close to 90ºF with a heat index around 91ºF to 94ºF between 1 PM and 5 PM Thursday. We’re keeping track of a large area of disturbed weather over the […]

  • What you need to know about Invest 90L

    Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday night, but there’s a high chance (70%) that it becomes either a tropical or subtropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico within the next five days. (What’s the difference between subtropical and tropical? Click here for more.) It’s common to see weak systems like this grow into lower-end tropical cyclones in late May and early June; it would be highly unusual to see a hurricane develop, but […]

  • Daily downpours more widespread with some tropical influence this weekend

    A hand full of thunderstorms ‘popped up’ in the heat of the day Tuesday, and more of the same happens on Wednesday. The chance that any one spot gets rain stands at about 20% for Wednesday, so it’s just a hot, humid day for most of North Alabama while only a few communities get a brief downpour. Expect highs in the upper 80s; the heat index likely tops out between 90ºF and 93ºF during the hottest part of the afternoon. […]

  • More Downpours: connection to the tropics leads to more spotty, daily storms

    Hit-or-miss, scattered, unevenly distributed, spotty showers and thunderstorms stay in the forecast through the weekend and next week. That does not mean it will rain on you every day or totally ruin your time outdoors at work or play, but it does mean you should be ready for a quick downpour each afternoon for the foreseeable future. Expect a few storms rumbling around through early evening; some of them could impact graduation ceremonies, but most of the storms will be […]

  • Daily Downpours: more hit-or-miss, scattered summer-like storms ahead

    Track scattered storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! North Alabama’s weather stays on repeat for the foreseeable future: warm, humid days with a chance of some scattered showers and storms. Those storms rumbling around Thursday afternoon and evening diminish somewhat overnight; however, they won’t go away completely. We’ll expect some spotty areas of rain through the night into Friday morning. In fact, Friday’s weather looks a whole lot like Thursday’s: […]