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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
  • Strong storms possible this weekend

    This rain lately has been something!  As much as 5 to 8 inches of rain fell in North Alabama in the last 10 days of June; July begins with more scattered, potentially very heavy thunderstorms capable of gusty winds, intense lightning, and torrential tropical downpours. The Storm Prediction Center outlines an area over much of Tennessee and North Alabama where some isolated severe storms may develop Saturday afternoon and evening roughly from about noon to 4 PM. Individual storms may […]

  • A rainy, stormy pattern erases Alabama’s extreme drought

    It seemed like it would never end last year, but the drought is finally over.  Huntsville International Airport (the official climate reporting station for the city) shows a surplus of rainfall in 2017; June alone has a 2.20″ surplus with more rain coming on Friday. An active, rainy Spring plus the heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cindy finally did the drought in, and now only a sliver of Northwest Alabama is considered ‘abnormally dry’ (D0 level drought). The wetter weather has […]

  • Mayflies taking flight on a warm Alabama night!

    You can bet the bass are going crazy on Lake Guntersville right now; the mayflies are swarming! That spot on radar Wednesday evening north of Scottsboro is a large swarm of mayflies (and some other flying insects and/or bats) that took flight from the area around Lake Guntersville just after sunset and drifted north with a light southerly breeze. Other parts of the country have more dense hatchings than those here in Alabama, but it doesn’t make it any less […]

  • Typical summertime weather returns soon!

    It felt like September for a moment on Monday, but the normal hot, humid weather of summer comes back sooner than most of us would like! Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain and the cool air mass following the storm kept it comfortable, but our weather pattern in the South turns more ‘typical’ of summer later this week. The ‘average’ high temperature on June 30th (Friday) in Huntsville stands at 90ºF; the average low is right at 70ºF. […]

  • More rain, severe storms blow through the Valley on Friday

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy slowly move northeast across Arkansas toward Tennessee overnight into Friday morning, but the system’s impact spans over a much greater area than the ‘center’ of the storm. Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms on Cindy’s east side will continue to move northward through the Tennessee Valley Friday, bringing soaking rains and a threat of a few severe storms. The threat of tornadoes usually increases with landfalling tropical systems, and we do want to make you […]

  • Heavy rain, storms likely even as Tropical Storm Cindy passes 600 miles to the west

    Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened Tuesday evening, but we still expect it to make landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border as a low-end tropical storm with 40-50 mile-per-hour winds. Around here, the moisture flowing north on Cindy’s east side means a better chance of showers and storms in the short-term.  Scattered showers and storms are most likely near and south of US 278 Wednesday, but that chance increases dramatically later on this week. Cindy’s impacts: A southerly wind field on Cindy’s eastern side […]

  • Heat & humidity return for Father’s Day weekend

    Saturday is looking nice and summer like! Temperatures will jump back to near 90 this afternoon with feels like temperatures ranging from 92º-97ºF. If you’re planning any outdoor activities through your Father’s Day weekend be sure to bring plenty of water and grab your sunglasses! An isolated storm is possible Saturday afternoon, but most of us won’t see more than a few more clouds building in during the afternoon. Then the evening will be fair and calm, but still warm! Temperatures […]

  • Fewer storms on Friday, some big-time heat just ahead

    Huntsville hit 93ºF with a heat index at 100ºF before powerful storms blew through Thursday afternoon with wind gusts as high as 54 MPH at Huntsville International and 64 MPH in Holly Pond.  At one point over 20,000 Huntsville Utilities customers lost power Thursday, but those storms are long gone now! RECAP: Strong storms injure two, cause two traffic deaths Thursday Thursday’s spectacular sunset following big, strong summer storms It’s almost standard operating procedure this time of year to have […]

  • Strong Storms: what to expect from stormy weather Thursday

    The Storm Prediction Center outlines a risk of some severe storms for the Tennessee Valley region Thursday.  The primary threat from storms tomorrow: strong, gusty winds, frequent lightning, and locally-heavy rainfall. What to expect from Thursday’s storms:  The stormy weather moving in Thursday is classic early summertime action: locally-heavy storms with ‘mean-looking’ shelf clouds, wind gusts over 50 miles per hour, heavy rain, and intense, frequent lightning.  Some small hail could accompany the strongest storms, but the air is so […]

  • ‘Standard summertime weather:’ what does that really mean?

    It got hot on Monday!  Temperatures soared to 94ºF in Florence, 93ºF in Muscle Shoals and Decatur, and 92ºF in Huntsville Monday afternoon.  The ‘average’ high this week is around 88ºF, but we are normally about 5 degrees either side of average this time of year.  That puts Monday’s heat (and the hot weather for the rest of the week) squarely in the ‘what we’d usually expect’ range. ‘Scattered’ storms are also a part of life this time of year. Tuesday […]

  • Tropical Update: something to watch in the Gulf soon?

    Got beach plans this weekend?  How about down the road later in the month?  You may be interested in what’s brewing down south. The weather gets wetter there by Sunday and that moisture surges north into the Tennessee Valley for the next workweek; that means more showers and storms in our near future here at home as well. Need some specifics about the weekend or next week around here? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section […]

  • ‘Disturbances’ bring rain this weekend: what’s that mean for your plans?

    Locally-heavy downpours lingered around The Shoals and the Russellville area Friday afternoon producing some decent rainfall; however, most of missed a good soaking today and may still be waiting a while longer to get substantial rainfall. The weekend looks wet at times; our best shot at rain and some thunderstorms comes on Sunday, but we see potential for some wet, occasionally disruptive weather (i.e. heavy downpours, lightning) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Track showers and heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar […]