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
  • Thursday: morning lows in record territory, warm and dry in the afternoon

    A chill in the air Thursday morning, Irma headed northwest to the Turks and Caicos After a pleasant day, it gets chilly overnight: middle 40s to lower 50s by morning. We expect to tie a record low in Huntsville with 51ºF, but even some neighborhoods tucked away in cooler spots should easily drop to the 42ºF to 49ºF range by sunrise. Thursday and Friday both start cool and dry but warm up nicely; expect highs in the upper 70s and […]

  • Wednesday’s weather brings a mid-October feel to early September!

    Showers moving out, cooler air arrives, and Irma moves through the Leeward Islands A strong cold front passing through on Tuesday dropped temperatures and brought a good soaking to most communities: up to two inches of rain on Sand Mountain, but precious little around the Huntsville area.  Rain leaves, and cooler air comes in to stay for the long haul! A fantastic few days lie just ahead: highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s/50s, sunshine, and very low humidity through […]

  • Tuesday’s showers and storms: spotty, uneven coverage

    Showers begin early, last through the afternoon on Tuesday A cold front moving south toward the Tennessee Valley kicks off two waves of showers and a few scattered thunderstorms in the next 36 hours. Round one begins with mainly light showers early Tuesday morning (4 AM to 9 AM); the second round may feature heavier downpours and a few storms capable of 30-50 mile per hour wind gusts from around 11 AM to 3 PM. Track showers and storms with […]

  • NWS confirms tornado damage in Cullman and Marshall Counties from Thursday night’s storm

    The National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck northeastern Cullman and Marshall Counties Thursday evening. It developed quickly from a tropical rain band extending across North Alabama from the remnants of Harvey; tropical rain bands often produce short-lived tornadoes that are very difficult to detect on radar in real-time. Post-analysis showed a TDS (Tornado Debris Signature) just northeast of Holly Pond after 9 PM. More tornadoes confirmed in Central Alabama from Thursday’s storms via NWS Birmingham That debris was likely […]

  • Severe weather threat ends with a rainy, windy cooler Friday

    Heavy rain and storms moving out tonight, more rain on Friday Rain bands from the remnants of Harvey move out of the Tennessee Valley tonight, but more scattered, light rain is likely overnight into Friday morning.  In fact, the clouds and rain look to be so persistent that we will have trouble warming into the upper 60s and lower 70s (at best) Friday afternoon.  It will be breezy too: gusts as high as 30-35 MPH (Wind Advisory is in effect). […]

  • Storms Thursday evening through Thursday night: What to expect

    Severe storms, heavy rain until Harvey’s remnants pass to the northeast The Storm Prediction Center outlined a ‘SLIGHT RISK’ of severe storms for much of North and Central Alabama as well as Middle Tennessee for Thursday and Thursday night. Severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and strong winds are possible; however, most storms will just feature heavy rain and lightning. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Be alert for any warnings that may be required for your area! This threat […]

  • More rain, severe storms possible today

    Tropical Depression Harvey shifting northeast across Mississippi toward Tennessee today and tonight puts us in a position where severe storms are possible. Some may develop as early as 10 AM to noon in Mississippi and Northwest Alabama; however, the best chance of storms producing strong winds and brief tornadoes comes in the afternoon and evening. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! When to expect the rain and storms: […]

  • Harvey heads inland Wednesday bringing rain and a threat of strong storms

    Tropical Storm Harvey remains a threat to the Texas/Louisiana coastline through early Wednesday when it makes a second landfall near Lake Charles. Harvey finally moves away from southeast Texas, but the trek north and east toward the Tennessee Valley brings heavy rain and a risk of some strong thunderstorms. Deep tropical moisture surging northward tonight keeps it warm and very humid. Clouds thicken, and rain begins as spotty showers as early as 5 to 9 AM. More widespread, heavy, soaking […]

  • Harvey heads inland, our weather stays quiet for the weekend

    Powerful Harvey moving inland on the Middle Texas Coast; no threatening weather for the Tennessee Valley Hurricane Harvey became the strongest hurricane in 13 years to strike the United States coastline when it slowly rolled onto the Middle Texas Coast Friday night. This storm is historic in several senses.  It ended the longest streak of years without a major hurricane in the United States.  It’s the strongest landfalling hurricane since Charley in August 2004, and the flooding rain expected from […]

  • Friday Forecast: looking good for the first Football Friday of 2017!

    Dry air heats and cools efficiently, and Thursday’s temperature range showed just how wide the swing can be!  It dropped to 55ºF in Fort Payne early in the day, but Huntsville ended up hitting 87ºF in the afternoon.  Friday looks similar to that: a cool, comfortable morning followed up by a toasty, warm, dry afternoon with highs in the middle to upper 80s. Humidity inches up over the next 48 hours.  You won’t notice it at first, but it will […]

  • No more 90s? A cold front passing Wednesday may be the straw that breaks Summer’s back

    September 15th is the ‘average’ final 90-degree day of the calendar year in Huntsville.  That doesn’t mean we are always finished with that kind of heat by mid-September, but it’s a good guidepost in framing our expectations for the waning days of the summer season. Sunday’s 96ºF, Monday’s 95ºF, and Tuesday’s high in the mid-90s mark the hottest stretch of weather since a heat wave in late July.  The cold front coming in Tuesday night into Wednesday morning swiftly breaks […]

  • “Wow I see it!” Kindergartners watch in wonder as the sun is eclipsed

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Have you ever wanted to go back to kindergarten? The world looks different through the eyes of a kindergartner, but think about the wonder of a day like this: the moon blocking out the sun for a few minutes isn’t just neat for them.  “Wow, it’s so cool!” It’s incredible. Meet the young men and women of Twickenham Kids. “Wow I see it! It looks like a little…moon shape!” The kids experienced a moment of awe as the […]