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
  • One more round of strong storms possible Saturday

    Another round of scattered showers and storms comes on Saturday beginning around 12pm and lasting through around 6pm. This round will be moving in with a cold front, and will be our last good shot of storms for a few days. Although the storms will be hit or miss, some could be strong. We will need to keep a close eye on a few storms Saturday; some could produce strong, damaging wind gusts over 50 miles per hour.  The severe […]

  • Big-time summer heat begins once the daily downpours end

    The past five weeks are among the wettest starts to summer on record in Huntsville.  The official rainfall total at Huntsville International from June 1st through 9 PM Thursday is 8.08 inches: 17th-wettest since 1894.  Russellville has had 14.41 inches, and Crossville has picked up a grand total of 13.28 inches since June 1st. We could get another 0.10″ to 0.50″ from the heaviest downpours in the next 24 hours (through late Friday night), and then another healthy downpour Saturday […]

  • YOUR PHOTOS: another day of summer storms and rainbows

    Thursday’s thunderstorms brought tense moments with strong winds taking down trees and power lines in Fyffe and Rainsville (DeKalb County) and producing some sporadic outages around Madison and Jackson Counties.  The heavy rain came down in buckets, too.  A rain gauge on Keel Mountain recorded 2.09″ of rainfall on Thursday alone. Here are some of the incredible images of the sky from Thursday’s storms: Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live […]

  • Tropical Depression #4 in the Atlantic

    The fourth tropical cyclone of the season developed in the Atlantic Wednesday evening; there’s a slim chance it becomes Tropical Storm ‘Don’ before it weakens east of the Bahamas this weekend. This will have NO IMPACT on the Gulf Coast! Next three days at the beach on WHNT.com Watch tropical storms and every day thunderstorms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

  • Another Round of Storms Possible Wednesday Night

    Scattered heavy downpours disrupted many of us this afternoon. Some local neighborhoods experienced more brief flooding from the heavy storms and several reports came out of Lincoln County Tennessee of fallen trees from highs winds. Most of the heavy storms are now out of the Valley as a break from the activity will come for our early evening hours. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: The next round of showers and storms will move in after 10PM and could last […]

  • A ‘dirty’ weather pattern means more scattered storms are coming!

    Some big-time rain Tuesday dumped more than 4-5″ in total over Madison and Jackson Counties; showers and storms developing overnight won’t live up to those same standards, but another 0.25″ to 0.75″ of rain looks fairly common with spotty downpours overnight through early Wednesday morning. It gets HOT in between the storms during the day!  Expect highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s.  The excessively thick humidity means those near-ninety temperatures actually feel more like 95ºF to 100ºF between […]

  • Fourth of July Update: showers & storms still possible this evening

    Quick look forecast: spotty showers continue through evening outdoor activities; however most fireworks shows should be able to start at or around the scheduled time with limited delays due to heavy rain or lightning.  The chance of a downpour is higher south of Huntsville and Decatur through 9 PM. Flash flooding this morning closed some roads in North Alabama earlier today; more spotty storms won’t make the problems worse, but they sure aren’t helping matters! As much as four to […]

  • More scattered storms rumbling around on the Fourth

    Another wave of scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms pass through the Valley region tonight; we do not expect severe weather, but some of the rain could be heavy!  Monday’s rainfall totaled up to 1.57″ at Cedar Creek Reservoir near Russellville; it rained 1.03″ at Guntersville Dam. Tuesday will not be a repeat of Monday!  We expect fewer storms; however, any of them could still produce some locally-heavy rain, frequent lightning, and wind gusts over 30 miles per hour. […]

  • Strong storms possible this weekend

    This rain lately has been something!  As much as 5 to 8 inches of rain fell in North Alabama in the last 10 days of June; July begins with more scattered, potentially very heavy thunderstorms capable of gusty winds, intense lightning, and torrential tropical downpours. The Storm Prediction Center outlines an area over much of Tennessee and North Alabama where some isolated severe storms may develop Saturday afternoon and evening roughly from about noon to 4 PM. Individual storms may […]

  • A rainy, stormy pattern erases Alabama’s extreme drought

    It seemed like it would never end last year, but the drought is finally over.  Huntsville International Airport (the official climate reporting station for the city) shows a surplus of rainfall in 2017; June alone has a 2.20″ surplus with more rain coming on Friday. An active, rainy Spring plus the heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cindy finally did the drought in, and now only a sliver of Northwest Alabama is considered ‘abnormally dry’ (D0 level drought). The wetter weather has […]

  • Mayflies taking flight on a warm Alabama night!

    You can bet the bass are going crazy on Lake Guntersville right now; the mayflies are swarming! That spot on radar Wednesday evening north of Scottsboro is a large swarm of mayflies (and some other flying insects and/or bats) that took flight from the area around Lake Guntersville just after sunset and drifted north with a light southerly breeze. Other parts of the country have more dense hatchings than those here in Alabama, but it doesn’t make it any less […]

  • Typical summertime weather returns soon!

    It felt like September for a moment on Monday, but the normal hot, humid weather of summer comes back sooner than most of us would like! Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain and the cool air mass following the storm kept it comfortable, but our weather pattern in the South turns more ‘typical’ of summer later this week. The ‘average’ high temperature on June 30th (Friday) in Huntsville stands at 90ºF; the average low is right at 70ºF. […]