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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
  • Via NSSL

    Warning improvements: NOAA’s “Warn On Forecast” may double lead time

    Thirteen minutes: that’s the current “lead time” (the advance notice of an impactful severe weather event) on most Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings. What if you could have as much as one-hour’s notice? It’s in the works! The National Severe Storms Laboratory developed a high-resolution, short-term program called “Warn On Forecast” that could provide valuable minutes for you to get yourself and your family to safety. From NSSL: Warn-on-Forecast researchers work to combine high-resolution surface, satellite, and radar data […]

  • Todd Shelton:  Rain shaft in Decatur Wednesday evening

    “Severe Drought:” scattered storms helping but not erasing building drought

    Whether you have had a little sprinkle or a big downpour, the past two days have brought the best rain we have had in over a month. Some places are still begging for a downpour, and that’s why the US Drought Monitor shows a large area of SEVERE drought over Northeast Alabama and part of North Georgia and a fraction of southern Tenn. Alabama’s state climatologist Dr. John Christy adds Cullman, Blount and Jefferson Counties to that LEVEL 2 drought […]

  • Scary-looking cloud in Loretto, TN

    More heavy downpours, few strong storms Thursday

    Scattered heavy storms started developing before midday, and they will behave a lot like those on Wednesday: locally-heavy rain (1/2″ to as much as 2″), some small hail, and a few brief but strong wind gusts over 50 MPH. Storms will rumble through the evening and gradually thin out between 9 PM and midnight. WHNT News 19’s Interactive Radar Page Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Severe weather is not expected, but one or two storms could be […]

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    Embrace the Uncertainty: only scattered storms in our near future

    Let’s be real.  We do not foresee any guarantees of heavy soaking rain for any one specific area in the next 7-14 days.   In fact, it would be a minor miracle if every square inch of the Tennessee Valley got more than an inch of rain in the next week. Having said that, individual showers and storms have the capacity to produce well over one inch of rain in a short time; that’s great for the spots where they […]

  • WHNT Earth Design

    Tropical Depression #2 forms on Friday afternoon

    An area of disturbed weather officially became Tropical Depression #2 Friday afternoon; hurricane hunters found a closed circulation and good organization.  Key things to note: this will be a minimal tropical storm impacting the Carolinas this weekend and this will NOT have any impact on Memorial Day beach plans along the Gulf Coast. Why is it #2?  The first tropical cyclone of 2016 was actually Hurricane Alex in January (yes, that’s very unusual).  This one is the second of the […]

  • Image: MGN Online

    It’s official: the “dry spell” is now a “drought”

    A large part of the Tennessee Valley is officially in “drought” now. Thursday’s weekly update of the US Drought Monitor showed a large area of North Alabama, Tennessee, and North Georgia in “moderate” (D1) drought.  According to Alabama’s State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, it would take around four to six inches of rain to end the building drought. That’s not looking very likely. “Hit-or-miss” showers and storms are the only hope for rain in the near-term, and we do expect […]

  • Shelf cloud (Photo: Bobby Parks)

    Some hope for rain Wednesday evening

    A batch of heavy thunderstorms rolled through the Memphis area Wednesday afternoon dropping heavy rain, producing some gusty winds and hail, and creating some impressive sky scenes with a big shelf cloud ahead of the rain. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: .@NWSMemphis @WTVAmatt From NMSCAS Mark Lewellen in Corinth. #mswx pic.twitter.com/St52kKfKpt — James Bishop (@NMSCAS_JB) May 25, 2016 Hail on #CenterHill Rd N of CHES Elementary. #OliveBranch 3:40 Flooding too. pic.twitter.com/84T02cCLZ3 — Cheryl Goodwin (@CherylGoodwin) May 25, […]

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    Tropical Build-Up: NHC watching an area off the East Coast

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of disturbed weather off the Atlantic Coast for the possibility of tropical cyclone development (a depression or storm). A special tropical weather outlook has been issued for a system NE of the Bahamas. More at hurricanes.gov https://t.co/2NO5HBvmGn— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 24, 2016 Sea surface temperatures in the area are warmer than normal; that combined with a dying cold front just off the East Coast of Georgia and Florida this week […]

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    Missing rainfall: drier, hotter weather setting in

    Remember back at Christmas when we thought it would never stop raining?  January was a little drier than normal, it rained like crazy again in February, March wasn’t too far off the norm for rainfall, and April brought some big soakers.  May is usually the third wettest calendar month in the Tennessee Valley; when it doesn’t rain in May, that’s a big deal for agriculture and for recreation on lakes down the line. The rainfall deficit so far in 2016 in […]

  • all pictures were taken in Decatur Al over the 5 days it was at 90 to 100 percent full. Pictures taken at the Tn River Bridge on the Harbor Side, Rhodes Ferry Park, Point Mallard, and at a SW residential area.

    Look Up! Mars and a Blue Moon in the weekend sky

    Once the clouds thin out Saturday, there will be some cool things to look for in the night sky over the weekend: Mars will be as bright as it’s been in the past two years, and a Full Moon on Saturday will be a Blue Moon. Saturday’s Full Moon occurs at 4:15 PM CDT; it’s known as the Full Flower Moon, the Full Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon. No, the Moon will not be blue in color, but it is a […]

  • SPC Outlook for Friday

    Storms Move In: What to expect on Friday

    The Storm Prediction Center maintains a “MARGINAL RISK” of severe storms generally south of US 278 (Marion County east to Cherokee County) for Friday; we do not expect major severe weather in the northern half of Alabama or Tennessee, but some strong to severe storms are possible in the Central and Southern part of Alabama to the Gulf Coast. We still see a roughly 60% chance of measurable rain in the Tennessee Valley Friday; it is not 100% because there […]

  • Fort McMurray Fire/NASA

    Fort McMurray fire still sending up huge columns of smoke

    Huge columns of smoke rise up from the myriad of fires in the Fort McMurray complex in Alberta, Canada.  NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on May 16, 2016.  The actively burning areas are outlined in red.  The fire north of Fort McMurray had retreated and some citizens had returned, but in the last few days this area has been threatened again.  On May 15, warnings were issued that […]

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