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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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    A cold front triggers a few heavy showers, thunderstorms Thursday

    The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring most of North Alabama and Middle Tennessee for the potential of a few isolated strong thunderstorms this afternoon. The primary threat would come from brief, strong winds in the heaviest storms. Timing:  Scattered showers and storms will develop area-wide through 4 PM, but the greatest concentration of rain looks to be in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston and Lawrence Counties in Alabama as well as Wayne and Lawrence in Tennessee through that time. The […]

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    “Sand Mountain Magic:” Why does Sand Mountain have so many tornadoes?

    VORTEX Southeast finished the Spring 2016 tornado season with very few samples of tornado-producing storms in Alabama and Tennessee, but the research team from UAH is already planning for VORTEX-SE 2017 when they will focus on tornado development along the plateau.  In local meteorological and research circles, it’s often referred to as “Sand Mountain Magic:” when a line of storms stays relatively low-key until it gets to Blount, Etowah, Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties. Research done in the next few years […]

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    Record heat ends, rain and some storms move in on Thursday

    Huntsville and Muscle Shoals hit record highs Wednesday: Huntsville: 90ºF (record was 90ºF in 1926) Muscle Shoals: 91ºF (record was 89ºF in 2005) Wednesday evening looks warm and mostly dry; there’s a small chance of a shower or two tonight. Thursday morning starts warmer and more humid than a usual October morning would: temperatures in the middle and upper 60s, a cloudy sky, and some showers already moving into the region before the sun rises. Rain gear is a must […]

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    Remember rain? We get reacquainted this week!

    Huntsville and Muscle Shoals both have rainfall deficits near NINE inches on the year. Remember how much it rained last Christmas? Huntsville got 5.82″ of rain on December 25th and 26th; even that flood wouldn’t be enough to bring us out of the drought at this point. See the contrast with “then” and “now” in the video below: Huntsville’s streak of rain-free days technically ended Sunday with a “Trace” reported at Huntsville International Airport. That now ties us for the […]

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    Some showers on Friday and Saturday, not enough to dent the drought

    It’s way too dry. Ponds are drying up forcing farmers to make tough decisions. Waterfalls aren’t falling anymore. Agricultural and public water supplies are feeling the pinch.  The dusty conditions are causing people to get sick. Want a little hope? Some scattered showers are possible on Friday; the best chance appears to come over Northwest Alabama.  Thursday night’s model guidance showed the potential for as much as 0.10″ to 0.25″ in spots around Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Wayne, Giles and Lawrence (TN) Counties through midday […]

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    Hoping for rain? Some light showers possible soon

    There is a slim chance of some spotty rain on Thursday; the better chance of any showers at all comes northwest of the Tennessee Valley with a weak cool front passing through the region.  It stays warm in spite of the increase in clouds and slim chance of a shower: highs in the lower 80s Thursday afternoon. Football Friday:  There is a small chance that some rain could creep into the Tennessee Valley Friday evening; most games won’t see a […]

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    Day 23: over three weeks with no rain, but look what’s over the horizon

    We’ve been using the word “unhelpful” to describe the small chance of some light showers Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  There is no soaking rain (for the whole area) in our near future, but the prospects for at least some rain are on the rise – just not tonight or Wednesday. A slim chance of some light rain comes just ahead of a weak front Thursday. The better chance of any measurable rain stays northwest of the Valley, but it wouldn’t be […]

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    Update: NWS radar data is active again

    You may have received an alert on Live Alert 19 due to “precipitation near your area” this morning.  As hopeful as that might have been, it was due to a radar network problem. From our data provider (WSI): “Due to recent technical issues, NEXRAD Level II data for the CONUS and Canada is currently unavailable, causing issues with current radar imagery.  The NWS is aware of this outage and engineers are working to correct this issue.” The problem was corrected […]

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    Alabama Forestry Commission: Fire Alert now in effect

    The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has upgraded the Fire Danger Warning, issuing a Fire Alert for 46 counties in north Alabama effective immediately. This order for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston counties was issued today by the […]

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    Black Moon: hoax or the real thing?

    It says a lot when a writer has to put “it’s not the end of the world” in a headline.  Social media timelines are filling up with crazy headlines about the “Black Moon.” It sounds like a hoax or a conspiracy theory, but it’s actually a real thing happening this Friday, September 30th. Moonrise is at 7:11 PM Central Daylight Time.  Should you be afraid? Nope.  It’s something that happens every roughly every 32 months. From’s discussion of the Black Moon: […]

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    Drought Worsens: high temperatures, lack of rain cause drought expansion

    Over sixty percent of Alabama’s population is dealing with some level of drought, and in some cases, it’s the worst we have had this decade, and the primary reason it’s gotten so bad is a strong, persistent, hot area of high pressure that has blocked the storm track’s (jet stream) southward movement. The largest expansion this week is in The Shoals: particularly in Colbert, Franklin and Lawrence Counties.  The most severe drought conditions are expanding from Jackson and DeKalb Counties […]

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    No more 90s? A cooler outlook for the next few weeks

    The latest 90ºF day on record in Huntsville is October 20, 1941. In Muscle Shoals, it’s October 22, 1963. It sure doesn’t look like we will have 90s that late into the season this time, but it would not be out of the question to have at least one or two more days near or just above 90ºF before mid-October. The heat is over in the short-term, though! Two pushes of cooler air, one tonight and another on Wednesday night, […]