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
  • Frost flowers, frozen ponds (and fish) on a frigid Alabama morning!

    When it’s this cold, some interesting things happen!  Ponds freeze over like this one in Hulaco: Part of Weiss Lake froze over Tuesday morning freezing these shad along the lake shore: And the ever-popular frost flowers formed again with low temperatures as cold as 3ºF to 10ºF! Where do those frost flowers come from?  It’s a neat process of ice expanding upward from the ground! Here’s the information we shared last time the weather got this cold back in 2016! […]

  • Another snow down south, another ‘nada’ for North Alabama

    You couldn’t set this up better if you tried: huge snow in December barely misses the Huntsville area, next decent one sets up in…Florida and southern Georgia.  Snow fans are face-palming; snow-haters are rejoicing that it’s not us with all of this cold weather! So how much snow are they getting? Enough to make a snowman in some spots for sure! Average accumulations from just north of Tallahassee to the South Carolina coast could be as much as 1-3″ with […]

  • No Shaking the Cold: big-time chill through the weekend with a chance of something wintry

    Six hundred eighty-eight days ago: it’s been almost two years since the last time Huntsville recorded a low temperature below 10ºF. A few communities hit the upper single digits early Monday, and some may still get there on Tuesday morning: probably not going to get there at the official reporting station (Huntsville International) early tomorrow. We project an official low near 10ºF with clouds moving in overnight. That’s still cold enough to freeze pipes and create a dangerous situation for […]

  • Rain & Storms Return: more heavy rain, some storms likely Friday night through Saturday

    The Winter Solstice happened at 10:28 AM ‘officially’ beginning the season, but we don’t expect any wintry or colder weather for another few days! It stays damp and milder-than-normal this evening and tonight: lows in the mid-50s with more patchy, thick fog. A strong cold front moving southeast on Friday stirs up a lot of rain and some thunderstorms northwest of Alabama; a big-time soaking develops over northern Mississippi and West/Middle Tennessee Friday: as much as five inches of rain […]

  • Foggy, damp start to Thursday then more rain and storms head into Alabama this weekend

    Short-term weather stays damp and mild: lows tonight in the 50s under a cloudy sky with some dense fog. That foggy, cloudy, damp weather lingers through Thursday: especially over northeastern Alabama. Temperatures end up ranging from the mid-60s in The Shoals to the upper 40s on Lookout Mountain Thursday afternoon. Another round of rain and storms: A strong storm system dragging a cold front into Alabama and Tennessee Friday night brings another round of heavy rain and a chance of […]

  • Rain likely Tuesday night along with some heavy storms Wednesday morning

    Showers, clouds and fog kept it damp and cool all morning, but warmer and more humid air blowing north tonight sets the stage for some heavy rainfall and a threat of a few strong thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center outlines part of North and Central Alabama with a ‘Marginal’ Risk of severe weather: the lowest on the five-tiered scale.  There is a chance it might get upgraded to a ‘Slight’ Risk; however, that’s a statistical change instead of a change in real weather […]

  • Dense Fog Likely: Monday night into Tuesday morning

    Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 9 AM Tuesday… From NWS Huntsville: …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY… The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CST Tuesday. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…Until 9 AM CST Tuesday morning, including all of northern Alabama, as well as Lincoln, Moore, and Franklin counties in southern middle Tennessee. * VISIBILITY…Areas of dense fog have developed with visibilities of […]

  • Weather Whiplash: severe storms to snow?

    While most of the rain missed us today, we see a lot of it coming this week: as much as 3” to 5” (and in a few spots even more than that) through Friday. There are two primary risks of severe storms this week. The Storm Prediction Center already posted a ‘Marginal’ Risk of severe storms for Wednesday. An deep area of low pressure developing over Mississippi Tuesday night moves northeast through the region early Wednesday; a surge of warm, […]

  • Rain likely by Sunday, and some interesting times ahead by Christmas!

    It’s been cold today! Temperatures hovered in the 30s almost all day, and we’ll get another freeze tonight. Expect lows in the mid-20s with a mostly clear sky overnight; that means frost is likely Saturday morning. Saturday starts cold but ends up substantially milder than Friday! Daytime highs touch the mid-50s with a lot of sunshine. Looking for some rain? It’s coming for most of North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee, but some get more than others in this very […]

  • December’s ups and downs: colder Friday, warmer next week, and then some interesting times around Christmas

    December’s chill deepens Friday, rain is likely by Sunday Cold mornings and chilly afternoons: that’s what December looks like more often than not!  Another push of colder air tonight keeps more of the same coming.  Expect a low tonight in the upper 20s and lower 30s; Friday’s daytime highs touch the lower and middle 40s under a partly sunny sky with a brisk northwest wind making it feel colder than it looks! Friday’s ‘feels like’ temperatures only rise into the […]

  • Looking Long-Range: interesting times in the weather ahead for Christmas!

    The past eight days averaged about 5.6ºF below average for December: cold but not brutally cold. The next seven look to be slightly above average (a degree or two on the whole), so temperatures are rising without making the weather all that ‘warm’ for this time of year. Expect a rebound to highs in the 55ºF to 60ºF range for most of next week; there’s an outside chance we may push 70ºF late in the week if we can get […]

  • Hard Freeze: 20s Wednesday morning, chilly breeze Wednesday afternoon

    Dropping to the 20s tonight, but some 60s are possible soon! Expect a hard freeze tonight: 10 to 12 hours below freezing and lows as cold as the lower 20s in Tennessee and some of the usual cold spots of North Alabama. Wednesday shapes up cool and dry: highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with a light wind and full sunshine. The wind turns around to the southwest Wednesday and gusts over 20 miles per hour from time […]