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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
  • tornado_watch400 LIVE Blog – Tornado Watch Issued Until 10 p.m.

    A tornado watch is in effect for north Alabama as well as Franklin and Lincoln counties in southern Middle Tennessee until 10PM. Although the threat is not quite as extreme as yesterday, another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is a possibility from this afternoon through tonight, including the possibility of a few tornadoes. We’ll be updating this live-blog on as frequently as needed for the rest of the day. Just leave a browser window open on your computer […]

  • NWS400 More Storms Tuesday Afternoon & Evening

    (WHNT) – Another wave of heavy thunderstorms is likely on Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Tennessee Valley. The storm system bringing the threat of severe storms keeps rain and thunderstorms around through at least Tuesday afternoon. Additional heavy thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are possible on Tuesday afternoon and evening. So, yes, we’ve got another round ahead… but no, it does not look as severe as the violent tornadoes we had Monday. You can count on WHNT News […]

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    LIVE Blog: Tornadic Storms Move Through Tennessee Valley

    A strong storm system is moving through the Tennessee Valley, which has produced tornadoes already. The WHNT News 19 meteorologists are on the air and updating a live blog on You can also watch live updates on – our meteorologists will update you until the storms are out of the Tennessee Valley.

  • 128 Highest Threat Monday 2pm-Midnight

    We are seeing a disturbing trend in model guidance for Alabama and Tennessee for Monday’s storms. The NAM in particular has not showed an overly impressive look to this system until now. It’s trending toward a much more significant tornado threat for Alabama, Tennessee, and even western Georgia for Monday afternoon through the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday. Here’s the latest timeline: The Bottom Line: Prepare now for what could be a very significant severe weather event in North & Central […]

  • outlook400 Significant Severe Weather Event Possible Monday & Tuesday

    When the Storm Prediction Center uses wording like this: …MULTI-DAY SEVERE EPISODE SHOULD CONTINUE INTO AT LEAST TUESDAY FROM THE OH VALLEY TO THE CNTRL GULF COAST. POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK INCLUDING STRONG TORNADOES… You have to sit up and pay attention to what’s happening out there. That’s the SPC’s Day 4-8 Severe Weather Outlook. Notice how the two circles overlap in Alabama and Tennessee? A long-duration severe weather threat exists on Monday and Tuesday of next […]

  • tomato It’s Planting Season!

    Before we get started there’s one critical thing you need to know: there are always exceptions to the rules. Even with a forecast low of 39ºF in Huntsville for Thursday morning, we know some of our usual cold spots will be significantly colder than that. Take these two Tweets for example this morning – the first is from Vic Bell on Lookout Mountain, the second from Steve Talley in Crossville (Sand Mountain): Low & Current: 26 with a killing frost […]

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    Live Blog: Friday Morning Storms

    Strong to severe storms are moving through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Expect strong winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and even some hail. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 AM; we will be here watching it with you and keeping you updated on and on WHNT News 19. Click here to read our live blog.

  • esp3 Scattered Storms Overnight, Stronger Storms Thursday Night

    (WHNT) – Warm, humid air moving north from the Gulf Coast pushed temperatures up close to 70 degrees this afternoon, and showers and thunderstorms will develop this evening through the overnight hours as the atmosphere continues to destabilize. The risk of severe weather is below what would be considered even a SLIGHT RISK, but few storms could produce some brief heavy rain, gusty winds, and small hail along with frequent lightning and rattle-you-out-of-the-bed thunder overnight. Advance the graphics below to […]

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    LIVE Blog: Heavy Snow Ends, Travel Not Advised This Morning

    We have reports of snowfall accumulations exceeding 9 inches on Brindlee Mountain in Morgan and Cullman counties.  The heavy snow ends early Thursday morning in Jackson and DeKalb counties, leaving behind up to 6 more inches of snow in all.  Roads will be almost impassable in the morning as temperatures drop into the 20s hardening the ice and snow.  We will warm into the upper 30s and lower 40s by mid-afternoon with some sunshine. If you have weather pictures, please […]

  • 19 Specifics About Wednesday’s Winter Storm

    Snowfall on Tuesday morning was very impressive, and it far outpaced our expectations. That’s how this works more often than not, though. Winter storms always bring a surprise because they are extremely complicated beasts. Speaking of complicated, Wednesday’s changing weather will make your head spin. Let’s start with the end game: another significant snow is likely over northeastern Alabama on Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect starting at 3 AM Wednesday through 6 AM Thursday; that time corresponds to the […]

  • valleywx_400 The Rest of Today & Wednesday

    As the heavier snow tapers off, expect road conditions to improve *slightly* around Huntsville, Athens, Decatur and The Shoals; there will be little or no change in roads where we had up to seven inches of snow in Northeast Alabama this morning. Expect travel to nearly impossible in parts of Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb, and Jackson Counties. As the heavier precipitation tapers off, roads become more of a slushy mess than a sheet of ice. That will give […]

  • 6_inches400 Live Blog: Snow Blankets Most of North Alabama

    This is our live blog where we will be posting frequent updates throughout the night/Tuesday morning on the snow/sleet/freezing rain.  Roads are icy and dangerous in many parts.  We’ll continue to update you as new information comes in.  If you have weather pictures, please send them to  You can Tweet snow pictures and weather conditions in your neighborhood using the hashtag #valleywx.  A complete list of school closings/delays can be found here.  If you need forecast information beyond tonight, go to […]


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