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
  • Franklin County Tornado Surveys

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 557 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018 …NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Russellville Tornado …National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms EF-1 tornado in the City of Russellville in Franklin County, Alabama… A tornado touched down in the Reedtown section of Russellville with EF-0 intensity, containing winds of 65-70 mph. The tornado caused minor roof and siding damage to a few single family homes. The tornado strengthened quickly to low-end EF-1 as it […]

  • WHAT TO EXPECT: Severe Storm Potential Monday

    A significant severe weather threat exists for Monday: mainly in the afternoon and early evening for North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee.  Tornadoes, strong winds, and very large hail are possible with any storms that develop.  Storms will develop at the earliest 1 PM Monday and move out by at the latest 9 PM Monday. Storms on the Horizon: Two primary rounds of rain and storms will come through with this system. The first round will come with a warm front on Sunday […]

  • TN Valley Upgraded To Moderate Risk

    NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0952 AM CDT Mon Mar 19 2018 Areas affected...north-central and northern AL...northwest GA...far southern middle TN Concerning...Outlook upgrade Valid 191452Z - 191615Z SUMMARY...An upgrade to a Moderate Risk categorical outlook (driven by a 15% significant tornado risk) is planned for the 1630Z outlook (10:30am CT). DISCUSSION...It appears increasingly probable the risk for several tornadic supercells will traverse across northern portions of AL late this afternoon and through the early evening. Thunderstorm activity will be […]

  • Showers and Storms Return: timing the rain from Friday to Monday

    The Storm Prediction Center posted a *Marginal Risk* of severe storms for Northwest Alabama and for a part of western and Middle Tennessee for Friday evening through early Saturday morning. The primary issue here is the threat of some strong gusty winds and small hail as storms move out of Mississippi and western Tennessee late Friday evening. Most of North Alabama only gets some showery weather overnight Friday into Saturday with some occasional thunder and lightning. This is not a […]

  • Working for the weekend? You may have to dodge some downpours!

    It’s been hard to get a dry weekend around here lately, and if you were hoping this would be a pretty one for being outside, we have bad news for you. Six of the past seven weekends have been wet; the upcoming weekend will make it seven of eight. Starting Friday, the forecast gets awfully wet and occasionally stormy. It won’t rain every hour of every day from Friday to Monday, but you will have to contend with on-and-off rain […]

  • Twickenham Kindergarten Kidcam!

    A special Kindergarten crew visited WHNT News 19 Monday morning!  These are the Kindergarten students from Twickenham Kids in Huntsville, and they came to see me, talk weather, and try their hand at doing my job. They’re special because my kindergartener, Walt, came with them, and although he already knew most of what they saw, he said they all had an awesome time! I don’t get to do a lot of tours – but for this group – I couldn’t […]

  • Another Day Of Damp Weather Comes Sunday

    Heavy rain moved through during the overnight hours and is gradually moving out from west to east now. After this batch of rain moves out after 9AM we’ll be left with spotty rain and cloudy skies for the remainder of your Sunday. Dodge showers and keep ahead of the rain with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! The steady southerly breeze that has been pushing in moisture and warmth all night will keep […]

  • Freeze Warning: another freeze likely Friday morning

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville posted a Freeze Warning for all of North Alabama along with Lincoln, Franklin and Moore Counties in Southern Tennessee from 2 AM to 8 AM Friday. …FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM CST FRIDAY… The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 2 AM to 8 AM CST Friday. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…Between 2 AM and 8 AM on Friday […]

  • ‘Feels like’ temps in the 20s early Wednesday, then rain for the weekend

    Some clouds move in overnight as an upper-air low passes just north of the Tennessee Valley; they won’t stay around long, though. Look for a partly to mostly sunny, chilly and breezy Wednesday. That wind makes it feel colder than it looks! ‘Feels like’ temperatures around 6 AM Wednesday will be in the 25ºF to 30ºF range with a breeze up to 20 miles per hour. It will still feel like it’s in the 30s and lower 40s through the […]

  • Two Full Moons in the month of March!

    How can you turn a pink moon blue? Simple: make it the second Full Moon in the month of March! March 2018 has two ‘Full Moons.’ The first is in progress tonight: the Full ‘Worm’ Moon: Timeanddate.com describes the Worm Moon this way: “The Worm Moon is in March, and it is the last Full Moon before the equinox around March 20. The vernal equinox marks the end of winter, and the start of spring and the Full Moon is […]

  • Gorgeous Tuesday ahead, but there’s a LOT more rain to come this week!

    Tuesday looks like another beautiful, warm February day. Expect highs close to 70ºF in the afternoon with partial sunshine; however, rain is on the way again by Tuesday night. Some of that rain looks heavy through Wednesday morning, and even more is coming behind that through the day and on into Thursday. Before all is said and done, we could have another 2-3” (with locally-higher amounts) of rainfall by Thursday afternoon. Floating away in February: Think it’s been wet this […]

  • Severe Storms Possible Saturday Night Into Sunday Morning

    The first half of Saturday looks similar to Friday: Warm and humid with a few showers around. Highs will rise back into the low 70s this afternoon with storm chances steadily increasing as we head into the evening. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a SLIGHT RISK over the Tennessee Valley for this afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center’s risk categories give more insight into how widespread the severe storm threat is, not how severe any given storm could be. […]