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
  • Fort McMurray Fire/NASA

    Fort McMurray fire still sending up huge columns of smoke

    Huge columns of smoke rise up from the myriad of fires in the Fort McMurray complex in Alberta, Canada.  NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on May 16, 2016.  The actively burning areas are outlined in red.  The fire north of Fort McMurray had retreated and some citizens had returned, but in the last few days this area has been threatened again.  On May 15, warnings were issued that […]

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    Stormy weather taking shape by Friday

    Got outdoor work to complete this week? These pesky showers don’t mean a deluge, but you may need to have some rain gear and a back-up plan handy in case you are the lucky/unlucky one that gets the downpour. Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App are great resources to keep you ahead of storms whether they are severe or not. This week favors farmers and gardeners (and even homeowners struggling to keep the grass green) because we […]

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    Umbrellas needed: rain, storms likely in coming days

    Clouds thicken tonight, and patchy, generally light showers develop through Tuesday morning. The first wave of rain looks meager: just enough to have an umbrella or rain jacket for early-risers in case you need it. Those rain drops will be fighting a lot of low-level dry air to survive, so it is entirely possible that a green radar map Tuesday morning won’t exactly mean a soaking wet drive to work or school. Other waves of showers coming on Wednesday with […]

  • Shelf cloud over Fort Payne (Photo: Rayford Bethune)

    Thursday’s wicked clouds: tornadoes or something harmless?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– When the sky grows dark and stormy, it’s easy to be on edge. Seeing the wicked types of cloud formations we had with Thursday’s storms may have you thinking the worst is happening. Many WHNT News 19 viewers shared pictures with us of what they claimed to be a tornado north of Athens and a few more over in northeast Alabama. Very low-hanging, rugged– even cone-shaped– clouds could be seen underneath and just ahead of the strong […]

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    The explanation behind some scary images associated with Thursday’s storms

    Heavy storms came in two waves Thursday, and both looked a lot more like summertime than spring.  Towering storms produced hail as large as quarters around Sylvania this afternoon, numerous power outages came with the wind and lightning, and locally-heavy rain gave a parched region of the country some much-needed water. The forecast brings quiet weather for Friday and the weekend, but check out the chill that comes along with it. Farm & Garden information and the Seven Day Forecast […]

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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 […]

  • PhoneNumber: Description:This is lightning seen over Research Park this afternoon about 5:15 pm

    “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 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 — Paul Crawford (@pac90) April 22, 2016 NOAA defines a wall cloud […]


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