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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    Beneficial rain, some heavy storms possible Thursday

    Rain has been awfully hit-or-miss around these parts lately, and without several big soakings soon, the Tennessee Valley likely sees the “abnormally dry” and (D1) “moderate drought” conditions worsen in coming weeks.  Thursday’s rain potential is decent, but it will not be enough to make up for lost rainfall this Spring. Some heavy storms possible: The Storm Prediction Center outlined a small risk of a few severe storms in the Tennessee Valley region on Thursday. This is not the same […]

  • Investigators initially searched for Carrithers' remains on this Madison County farm in 2011. They did not find her there. (Photo: WHNT News 19 file)

    Scattered storms more likely over the next seven days

    Tuesday morning’s rain satisfied a few but frustrated a lot more people who have been waiting patiently for the normal rainfall of Spring. Huntsville and Muscle Shoals both have a fairly substantial deficit for the year so far, and if we don’t start getting some widespread soakings soon, the big ugly “D” word (drought) looks more and more likely. In fact, odds are against prolonged widespread wet weather if the El Niño Southern Oscillation is a worthwhile guide. Many springs […]

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    “Unsettled” again next week

    The word “unsettled” applied to a weather forecast means we have lot of hour-to-hour changes in the days ahead. Merriam-Webster defines it this way: “a (1) :  not calm or tranquil :  disturbed [unsettled political conditions] (2) :  likely to vary widely especially in the near future :  variable [unsettled weather] (3) :  not settled down [unsettled dust]“ In other words, the two numbers, picture, and rain chance on the seven day won’t really do the day justice. Starting with […]

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    A soaking rain would be helpful

    The past two weekends have been spectacular.  The upcoming weekend won’t be a total loss, but there’s a good chance we will have to deal with rain and some storms. Some of that rain moves in as early as Friday afternoon and evening; the best chance of some heavy downpours and some gusty winds comes in Mississippi, West Tennessee and Northwest Alabama between 4 and 7 PM.  Any storms that make it further south and east will be losing steam […]

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    Good Morning.

    Two words started it all just after 3:30 AM on April 27th: “Good Morning.” It wasn’t profound, and it most certainly wasn’t going to be a good morning. It was just what I usually did in my role as a morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 on April 27, 2011. My day started the night before at 11 PM when the alarm on my iPhone told me it was time to get up and start what would be one of the […]

  • April 27, 2011, tornado seen from Fort Payne

    Storms are a way of life in late April

    If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s stormy weather in late April. That’s what we get again this year: more showers and thunderstorms.  The severe weather threat is relatively low, but there is at least a small chance that a few storms could produce some strong winds or hail on Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday around here. From our discussion at WHNT.com: Morning showers and clouds break up leaving us warm and humid most of the day with […]

  • Central, Alabama by Chad Butler

    Scary sky, little rain

    Rainfall has been relatively unimpressive through Thursday night, but there is still a chance of additional rain through the day on Friday.  It looks pretty spotty, though! Check out the impressive wall cloud on the single, solitary thunderstorm over Northwest Alabama’s Lauderdale County on Thursday evening just after 7 PM: @simpsonwhnt my neighbor @bdahc took photos of storm passing very close this evening in Central community #valleywx pic.twitter.com/WNRJmJGhNT — Paul Crawford (@pac90) April 22, 2016 NOAA defines a wall cloud […]

  • Rain over Hazel Green (Photo from Sandy Bennett)

    How much rain this week?

    Some light, spotty showers moved into Northwest Alabama and Southern Tennessee late Tuesday afternoon; it did not amount to much. The same idea can be applied to rain on Wednesday: little if any appreciable rainfall.  The best chance of anything measurable (from a trace up to a tenth of an inch) comes generally west of I-65 on Wednesday. Could a few showers slip east of Athens and Decatur into Huntsville, Guntersville or Fort Payne?  Sure, it’s possible; it’s just not all […]

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    Coming soon: GOES-R gives a whole new view of weather in North America

    We get a new view of weather over North America this fall. GOES-R (GOES-16 will be the name when it’s in use) launches on board an Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral on October 13, 2016. NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service says: “GOES-R will be the first satellite in a series of next generation geostationary environmental satellites, which will include GOES-S, T, and U. These satellites will provide significant enhancements for weather forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service, giving […]

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    Creekside Elementary and Wall Highway Baptist MDO Kidcam!

    Wednesday was a busy day for me!  I managed to luck out and have the chance to see two groups of bright faces in one day: Creekside Elementary’s Third Grade in Capshaw and the four and five-year-olds at Wall Highway Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out near Madison. My first stop at Creekside gave me a chance to see some cool students who know summer vacation isn’t far away!  Creekside is the largest school in the Limestone County system, and it’s growing. […]

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    El Niño, La Niña patterns may be keys to predicting tornado outbreaks

    Weather forecasting at its most fundamental level is pattern recognition: knowing what usually happens before, during, and after certain patterns develop in the atmosphere and over the oceans.  Just the casual glance over years of data shows at least a little relationship between severe weather seasons in Alabama and Tennessee and ocean temperature patterns in the Pacific: El Niño and La Niña. UAH researcher and PhD candidate Tony Lyza spends countless hours studying tornadoes and the patterns producing them in the Tennessee Valley. […]

  • Photo: Jenny Ragland

    Are finished with freezing temperatures?

    So Winter 2016 wasn’t all that harsh all things considered.  The two previous winters brought incredible snowfall, subzero temperatures, and cold weather that lasted well into the Spring.  This time, we have had several threats of late-season frosts and freezing temperatures; that threatening pattern is rapidly changing toward a warmer, more typical weather pattern in middle and late April. The record latest freezes on record you ask?  (Climate data from NWS Huntsville) Huntsville: May 7, 1944 Muscle Shoals: May 2, 1909 […]

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