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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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    Arsonist arrested for starting a wildfire in Kentucky to draw attention to his Facebook page

    KENTUCKY – (AP) Police say a man arrested for arson in eastern Kentucky confessed to setting a fire to draw attention to his Facebook page. Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens said 21-year-old Johnny Mullins is facing a charge of second-degree arson for the blaze in Letcher County. He said Mullins would post selfie videos on Facebook from the scene of various fires, delivering what he called a “Weather Outlook” segment for his viewers. In his last video, osted on Nov. […]

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    Lookout Mountain fire burns near the Alabama/Georgia line, threatens homes

    A wildfire on Lookout Mountain near the state line jumped a fire break and is threatening homes in Walker County, Georgia.  Here’s what we know as of Thursday evening: The fire is threatening homes on Lookout Mountain across the state line in Walker County, Georgia. Some residences in DeKalb County north of Mentone may be impacted if the fire continues to spread. Resources from both the Georgia and Alabama Forestry Commissions are on scene as well as multiple fire departments from […]

  • Laurie Price/Douglas, Alabama

    Friday Frost Advisory: another cold night ahead

    Some of the usual cold pockets got very cold Thursday morning: Winchester at 28ºF, Valley Head at 31ºF, and Crossville hit 32ºF.  Huntsville has yet to drop below freezing this season, and from the looks of things, that won’t be just yet.  There is, however, a Frost Advisory for several counties in Tennessee, and there is certainly a chance of scattered frost in the normal cold pockets of Alabama tonight/Friday morning. It does get cold again tonight, though: lows range […]

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    Frost Advisory for Southern Tennessee tonight

    A few communities have already had some frost this season, but most of us haven’t even been close to cold enough for frost. That changes over the next few nights; expect scattered areas of frost tonight across Southern Tennessee, and even a few of the normally colder areas of North Alabama could get some patchy frost as well. The latest forecast is always online at and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19! URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE […]

  • Jason with the students at Columbia Elementary

    Columbia Elementary Kidcam!

    Ever had a case of the Mondays? Know what the cure is? I do. It’s these amazing kids at Columbia Elementary School in Madison. I got to spend a little time with them on Monday afternoon, and I think I had the most fun of all! Thank you to Mrs. Thacker for the invitation to come visit the developmentally delayed classes at Columbia. They’ve been studying weather; they made their own rain gauges and wind vanes, and they are smart […]

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    Cooler but not ‘colder’ weather arrives Friday

    It’s official.  Huntsville has set a record high for a sixth-straight day: 86ºF at 1:32 PM breaks the record of 84ºF set in 2012.  There have only been two other streaks of record warmth like this in Huntsville’s records: five-straight days of record heat August 12-16, 2007 and seven-straight days September 3-9, 1925. A cold front moving through the region tonight brings a small chance of some scattered showers.  The radar has been pretty quiet over-all, but a few communities could see […]

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    “Extreme” Drought expands covering more than 50% of Alabama

    It’s expanding and getting worse. Conditions are almost as bad as the 2007-08 drought, and we are rapidly headed that direction. The area of ‘extreme’ drought expanded to cover almost 52% of Alabama this week; it’s getting worse in Tennessee, too. Over 35% of the Volunteer State is considered to be in ‘severe’ drought this week.   See more of WHNT News 19’s drought coverage from this week: Fifteen inches of rain needed to end the drought Cullman Water Board water […]

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    Bright spots in the Tennessee Valley sky Wednesday

    Days with high thin cirrus clouds are also days when jet contrails develop, and that can make for some cool optical phenomena in the sky! Take this picture for instance: a sundog (parhelion) shows up directly left of the sun in a cirrus cloud formation called a “mare’s tail.”  The little bright spot that looks like a small rainbow wouldn’t be there if not for that wispy cloud. Irina Bodie sent this one to us; it’s a small part of a 22º […]

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    Record heat ends with cooler weather soon, but when do we get rain?

    This is not how it’s supposed to be. The warmest November day on record.  Huntsville and Muscle Shoals hit the upper 80s Tuesday afternoon for the fourth-straight record high. Wednesday is a sure bet for another record, and Thursday could come close before we get a cool down. But what about rain? It’s meager at best, and we get nothing at worst. Need some specifics about the weekend or next week? They’re always online at and in the “Daily Forecast” […]

  • High Falls Park (DeKalb County) on October 17, 2016 (Photo: Karen Darwin)

    Five record highs possible through next Wednesday

    This is not at all how it’s supposed to feel in late October.  This is hot chocolate, frost-on-the-pumpkin, finally-getting-cool season, but the weather pattern is not cooperating. In fact, there’s a chance we could set five consecutive new record highs from Saturday to Wednesday. The only similar stretch of record-setting weather on record in Huntsville?  That would be the summer of 2007 (six record highs from September 13 to 18). Saturday and Sunday feature highs in the middle 80s: some 10ºF above […]

  • Teddy Dawson/Bryant, Alabama

    Record warmth and no immediate signs of rain on the horizon

    This just stings. And it stinks. The few showers that passed through the Tennessee Valley Thursday did nothing to dent the drought. The largest rainfall total we could find Thursday afternoon was from Fort Payne (north end of town): 0.05.” That’s it for the rain in the short-term. Expect more abnormally warm, bone dry weather for tonight, Friday and the weekend. Other than a coating of dew on cool, clear mornings, there is nothing wet about the forecast.  Huntsville has had […]

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    Short-term showers, long-term expectations still looking dry

    You may notice the chance of rain is up a bit for Thursday: now 30% for the Huntsville area.  Confidence is growing that we will see some rain over a broad area in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee from about 10 PM Wednesday through 10 AM Thursday. How much?  Who gets it? While all of North Alabama stands a chance, the greater potential exists in a narrow band from east-central Mississippi across Northwest Alabama into Southern Tennessee. What good will a tenth […]