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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    Priceville tornado confirmed, surveys continue

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms an EF-2 tornado hit Priceville Thursday night.  The complete storm survey is below the photo gallery. The latest from Priceville via WHNT News 19’s Megan Brantley Tornadoes confirmed in Blount and Pickens Counties from Thursday evening NWS Nashville confirms straight-line winds and anticyclonic (what’s that?) tornado damage in Tennessee:  See the Tennessee surveys here from NWS Nashville Photos of damage from the Priceville area: PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 650 PM […]

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    Thursday’s severe storms: Live updates

    This is a live blog covering the severe weather threat on Thursday, March 31st.  Scroll down below this text for the latest updates, and stay informed! NOAA Weather Radio is the #1 way to get an alert for your area, but we offer many ways to keep you up-to-date even while you’re on the go: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text) Refresh this page for the latest […]

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    Showers, some storms still possible through early evening

    3:20 PM Update: The Storm Prediction Center downgraded the “risk” area for North Alabama and most of Tennessee just moments ago; there is no SLIGHT RISK for severe storms now.  A few isolated stronger storms may still develop along a cold front from western Middle Tennessee through North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama through early evening.  That main problem with any of those isolated storms would be gusty winds over 40-50 MPH and some small hail – that’s if they actually […]

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    Wild weather swings typical of March

    There’s a cold front headed in, and that means some rain Friday night and Saturday morning before the colder air takes over for the weekend. Frost likely, a freeze possible too: Cold, dry air and a light wind early Monday morning give us a chance of some frost and a light freeze. Expect as many as 3-6 hours of subfreezing temperatures between midnight and 6 AM in the usual cold pockets (Russellville, Fort Payne, Winchester, Meridianville, etc.). Lows range from […]

  • 2005-2015 Tornado Warnings from NWS Huntsville

    How much longer can it stay this quiet?

    How much longer can it stay this quiet?  It would be nice if we never had to contend with tornadoes again; however, it’s just a matter of time before severe storms rumble through again in the right environment to end the quiet period. In 2015, were 10 total tornadoes in the National Weather Service Huntsville’s County Warning Area. Most of those (six) happened in an odd time of the year: July.  The strongest occurred near Waterloo on December 23rd: EF-2 intensity. (MORE: […]

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    Crestline Elementary Third Grade!

    The Third Grade teachers at Crestline tell me they can tell there’s a change in the weather by the way the students behave! In other words, a Friday AND some rainy weather can make for an interesting day – that’s where I come in stirring them up even more! I visited these young ladies and gentlemen early Friday morning and had a lot of fun asking and answering questions. They’re sharp. I like to throw curveballs when I show them […]

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    Beach-goers beware: high danger of rip currents on the Gulf Coast

    Spring Break season is upon us, and the same windy weather producing the blustery weather in the Tennessee Valley, Central Alabama and most of Tennessee is causing dangerous surf and rip currents on the Gulf Coast. A strong storm system producing extreme rainfall in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas is moving east very slowly; a strong area of high pressure near the East Coast is making for a tight pressure gradient (see Why Is It So Windy here on WHNT.com). From […]

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    Robert says to mow wild onions this week!

    It’s a Tennessee Valley tradition to have Robert Reeves tell us all when to mow the wild onions so that they won’t come back.  Get your mowing britches on; Robert says March 10th and 11th are the days to get the job done (according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac). There’s one problem with that timeline: rain. We expect several rounds of showers and a few embedded thunderstorms around here starting as early as midday Thursday. Most of the rain will […]

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    Frances Nungester First Grade Kidcam!

    It is career week at Frances Nungester Elementary in Decatur, and these First Graders are spending time learning about what it takes to do all kinds of jobs. It’s special for me to go speak about my career with young students because I already knew at that age what I wanted to do, and I have been lucky enough to do it here at home in the Tennessee Valley. I told them how every day is different for me; the […]

  • WPC total precipitation forecast through Friday, March 11

    March means Spring, and Spring means wild weather

    The beginning of March is the beginning of “meteorological spring:” the time of year when the weather starts behaving more like Spring even though we have not made it to the Vernal Equinox yet.  The equinox occurs at 11:30 PM CDT on Saturday, March 19th. the beginning of astronomical spring: the moment that the Sun’s rays are exactly 90º (perpendicular to) the Equator. Equinox literally means “equal nights,” but March 16th is the closest the Tennessee Valley comes to 12 hours of daylight and 12 […]

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    Woodville Elementary Read Across America Kidcam!

    “Oh say, can you say what’s the weather today?” It was cold, windy, wet, snowy, and icy at times on my trip to Woodville Elementary School in Jackson County on Thursday morning! Weather days like this one make for interesting questions – especially when the meteorologist is reading a book about weather. I got to visit with most of the elementary students as we gathered in a big open area to sit and read.  It’s Read Across America week, and […]

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    The 58ºF “Rule”

    Update on Wednesday at 11:41 AM: The Jefferson County tornado will be given a preliminary rating of EF-2. If you have watched any of my Facebook live streams lately, I’ve mentioned this rough rule based on some research done several years ago. Brian Peters, formerly the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, gathered the data showing that Alabama had never recorded a tornado with a dewpoint below 58ºF. I call it a rough rule because it […]


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