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
  • UPDATE: Round of rain, storms likely late Wednesday night

    Stormy weather in the forecast should be no surprise in late April. 2016 was the exception with many communities around here getting little to no rainfall let alone severe weather during the climatological peak of the season. We find ourselves in a much different scenario this time: several rounds of storms are in the forecast through the weekend with multiple waves of rain and storms possible between Wednesday night and next Monday morning. Active weather to the west: A significant severe weather […]

  • The difference in “low” and “no” threat

    A few weeks ago, a Moderate Risk (and a nearby High Risk) of severe storms got this region worked up into a lather about severe weather.  The governor issued a State of Emergency.  Schools closed in droves, and life ground to a halt waiting on storms that for many communities never came. We did end up with some hail, but the expected tornadoes never came. Good for us. Fast forward to this past Saturday. Slight Risk, Severe Thunderstorm Watch, no […]

  • How storms Friday evening and Saturday could impact your plans

    Before you think about changing your weekend plans (or cancelling them completely), there are some important things you should know about the potentially stormy weather: The timelines still may need to be adjusted. It will not rain all night tonight nor all day Saturday. The severe weather threat is low, but the chance of getting enough rain to interfere with outdoor activities is high enough to have rain gear with you. Here’s the long and short of it: Track heavy storms […]

  • Quiet weather for how long? Spring’s storms will return before April ends

    It may not “feel” like summer yet, but we definitely have a summer-like pattern developing through the weekend.  The question is just how long can this last? A strong ridge over the Gulf and Southeast keeps widespread rain away, but it doesn’t totally eradicate daily pop-up, heat-of-the-day, spotty showers and thunderstorms. Warm, humid air hangs around the region through the weekend; daytime highs hit the lower 80s, overnight lows drop into the lower 60s, and there is a daily chance […]

  • Wall Highway Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out Kidcam!

    Once a year I break my own rules and do something special: try to wrangle 3-year-olds, pre-K and Kindergarten kids in a room for a half hour to talk about weather at Wall Highway Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out. It’s special for me because this the school that takes care of my three little ones, and they do a fantastic job at that. We ended up having to wait a day to get them on the air because of continuing […]

  • Spotty showers and isolated storms Tuesday night

    Scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms remain possible this evening, but we do not expect widespread, plan-disrupting rain or storms. Total rainfall in a few spots may add up to more than a tenth or quarter-inch, but most of us get little to nothing at all. A weak cool front passes through the Valley tonight ending the chance of showers for most of us by daybreak; however, some additional showers (isolated storms) are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening generally […]

  • Controlled Burn in Bankhead Forest visible from Huntsville

    The Alabama Forestry Commission confirms a controlled burn is creating the huge plume visible all over the Tennessee Valley today.  It’s roughly a 1,000-acre burn. What is a controlled burn? According to the National Forestry Service: Controlled burning is any fire intentionally ignited to meet specific land management objectives, such as to reduce flammable fuels, restore ecosystem health, recycle nutrients, or prepare an area for new trees or vegetation. Controlled burning is a management tool that when used under specifically […]

  • Severe weather likely Wednesday

    The Storm Prediction Center already outlined a SLIGHT RISK of some severe storms with hail and strong winds for Wednesday morning (timeframe around here roughly 5 AM to 10 AM); we also note a higher risk of severe storms for the eastern half of the Tennessee Valley for Wednesday afternoon and evening (around 1 PM to 7 PM). For this morning, there is currently a severe thunderstorm watch out for Etowah and Cherokee Counties through 8AM: Storms in Central Alabama have been […]

  • More stormy days ahead followed by one last shot at a freeze

    The first half of the weekend looks good: cool early, sunny and warm in the afternoon.  Expect a high Saturday around 70-75ºF with a light northeast wind.  Clouds thicken on Sunday; some showers are possible, but we see our next really good chance of rain and some thunderstorms coming in on Monday. Monday’s stormy weather: Up front, it appears as of this writing that the greater risk of any severe storms Monday would end up south of the Tennessee Valley.  There is reason […]

  • Whitesburg Christian Academy Second Grade Kidcam!

    Once in a while you run into a group of students so smart that you just can’t trick them.  These second graders from Whitesburg Christian Academy played that role Friday! Here’s the video from WHNT News 19 at 5: This is the first slide I show most school groups I visit.  Before I ask them what it is, I ask them if they know what ‘perspective’ means. My second grade pals at Whitesburg Academy know what perspective is and saw the trick […]

  • Heavy showers, gusty winds possible through late this evening

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The risk of severe storms in north Alabama remains extremely limited through late Thursday evening. A large area of rain and storms developed along the Gulf Coast earlier today and all but eliminated our chance of widespread strong or severe storms. A broken line of showers and a handful of storms (well below severe limits) are forming over north Mississippi along the cold front. These showers and storms have struggled to stay together, but we still expect this […]

  • South Lincoln Sixth Grade Kidcam!

    Spring fever has hit us hard lately with this warm weather, but spring storms are heavy on our minds this time of year.  I was happy to get an invitation to speak to the Sixth Grade at South Lincoln Elementary Wednesday; these students remember all too well the EF-3 tornado in 2014 that ripped the roof off most of the building.  There is still a visible scar on the landscape along Smith Mill Road and Old Lincoln Road looking out from […]