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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    One more round of rain is coming Sunday night

    The first wave of severe storms missed the Tennessee Valley to the south producing significant wind and tornado damage in South Mississippi, South and Central Alabama and southern Georgia Saturday morning.  Four people died in a single strong tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi early Saturday morning. The second severe wave missed the Valley too, aiming at Southern Georgia and Northern Florida where 11 deaths have been confirmed. One more wave will move through, and again it looks like Northern Alabama will see […]

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    Storms for the Weekend: what to expect on Saturday and Sunday

    The Storm Prediction Center outlined a risk of some strong to severe storms for North and Central Alabama as well as Southern Tennessee for Saturday. Two waves of stormy weather move this way: one Saturday morning and another one late Saturday evening. Saturday morning’s storms are most likely south of the Tennessee Valley: Central and South Alabama get the brunt of the action. As that first wave passes, some showers and general thunderstorms are possible around the Valley; however, the […]

  • Storms that form Thursday afternoon and evening may be heavy (Image: WHNT News 19)

    A few heavy storms possible late Thursday afternoon, evening

    Thursday will be a rainy, breezy and occasionally stormy day. WHNT News 19 will keep you updated on how the weather will impact you throughout your afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center outlined a ‘Marginal Risk’ of severe weather for Central & South Alabama today; there is concern that a few storms could produce some strong winds over 40 mph in the afternoon and evening. There is no risk of severe storms mentioned for the Tennessee Valley in the […]

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    Seventh-warmest January on record so far: where do we go from here?

    Huntsville’s average daily temperature (highs and lows) since January 10th has run a whopping 20ºF above ‘average.’ That puts us in 7th place for the warmest January on record so far, and there are still at least 6 or 7 more days of above-normal warmth coming through the next 10 days. Temperatures stay a little short of record highs for most of this week, but it still won’t be feeling like January. Expect a low tonight in the upper 50s […]

  • The Ridge: big warmth in mid-January

    Winter is over, or is it?

    Huntsville recorded 81 hours of subfreezing temperatures in an 82-hour period from 11 PM Thursday (Jan. 5) to 9 AM Monday (Jan. 9).  Wind chills were near zero, actual air temperatures fell into the 0s and 10s, and we had a little snow in the higher terrain. Is that it? Usually when the January thaw sets in, we hear the drumbeat of ‘winter is over.’  Well, the thaw is here, and it’s going to last a while.  In fact, it […]

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    NWS Huntsville: NOAA Weather Radio transmitter in Huntsville back online as of Wednesday morning

    UPDATE: 12:26 PM Wednesday (1/4/2017) The phone line to the Monte Sano transmitter has been repaired and NOAA Weather Radio service is active again via KIH-20 (162.400). Residents of Madison, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone, Lawrence, Lincoln and Giles Counties that usually rely on ‘channel 1’ on the NOAA Weather Radio should be able to receive the signal again. (Information from the outage is below)   Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 1124 AM CST Mon Jan […]

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    Stormy Monday: heavy rain and some severe storms possible through tonight

    The Storm Prediction Center updated the severe weather outlook Monday morning to reflect the ‘greatest’ severe weather threat remaining south of the Tennessee Valley; it does not clear us of any risk at all, though.  The dark green area (marginal) represents the lower risk area; the yellow and orange represent a bigger threat from severe storms. The difference between no real threat and a chance of active storms for the Tennessee Valley hinges on how unstable the atmosphere can get this […]

  • One GFS run from Friday, 12/23 showed potential for wintry weather by New Year's Day

    Wet then Warm: feeling more like Florida in the Tennessee Valley for Christmas

    The chill of December is gone for now. Temperatures fell into the 20s and 30s Friday morning, but a warming southerly wind brings in a whopper of a weather change for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That breeze will be a little chilly this evening as temperatures fluctuate between the mid-40s and lower 50s before 10 PM, but we see steady or slowly rising temps overnight as clouds move in and rain gets started. Understanding the chance of rain is […]

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    Tenth tornado track found in Jackson County from November 29-30th storms

    The National Weather Service in conjunction with a team from UAH found another tornado track from late November storms. The final tally is ten tornadoes from the event that began November 29th and lasted into the early morning hours of November 30th. Information on the other nine tornadoes is here on WHNT.com. This one took a while to confirm because the damage primarily occurred in a rural area affecting mainly trees, and the track was a short one: only about 2-1/3 […]

  • Saturday (Christmas Eve) chance of rain

    Frosty Friday morning, rainy and warmer for Christmas Eve

    The same breeze that added a slight chill to the air on a beautiful sunny Thursday afternoon tumbles temperatures into the thirties tonight. Scattered frost becomes likely after midnight as the thermometer drops to the 30-35ºF range by sunrise. In spite of a cold start, Friday looks nice early on! We start in the 30s and quickly warm to near 60ºF with a southeast wind and gradually-increasing clouds. The breeze may peak close to 20 mph by mid-afternoon, and that […]

  • Thursday in Huntsville

    A big warm-up and some heavy rain leading up to Christmas Day

    It’s not as cold, but it still gets chilly tonight: a light south wind, a fair sky, and temperatures falling from the mid-40s at 10 PM to near 40ºF by sunrise Thursday. A passing cool front tonight won’t bring rain, but it will keep temperatures a tad lower Thursday afternoon with a north wind: highs around 52-57ºF. Rain is on the way by Friday night, and the Christmas weekend gets off to a rather wet start on Saturday. Looking toward […]

  • MACCLESFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 29:  The morning sun tries to break through freezing fog on the hilltops in the High Peak near Macclesfield on December 29, 2014 in Macclesfield, United Kingdom. According to the Met Office Britain experienced the coldest night of the year overnight, with some areas being even colder than Alaska and the Antarctica and as forecasters believe it could get even colder tonight, a Met Office cold weather alert for northern England and the Midlands has warned of health risks for vulnerable people.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Freezing Fog Advisory Tuesday night into Wednesday morning

    Cold air in place and fog developing tonight and Wednesday morning gives us some concern that some hazardous travel could develop due to freezing fog.  Freezing fog is fog that develops when temperatures are at or below 32ºF, and it freezes to any surface that the tiny water droplets come in contact with: most impact to cars, trees, and elevated surfaces.  Roads can become slick, so be aware that anything that looks like it’s wet could be icy overnight. URGENT – WEATHER […]