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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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    Valleywx.com: 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 […]

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    Valleywx.com: 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 […]

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    Valleywx.com 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 photo@whnt.com.  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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    Valleywx.com: Midday Update on Snow Potential

    We are entering a period of weather like we might not see again for a long time around here. There are two opportunities for accumulating snow in the Tennessee Valley this week, and both of them have potential to cause some real travel headaches starting tonight lasting through at least Thursday. Let’s start with what we know for sure: the air is cold enough for this to happen. It’s not a question of rain or snow; it is a question […]

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    Live Blog: Saturday Snow

    We are watching a batch of light snow move across Mississippi into Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee; we will update this live blog on Valleywx.com frequently as information comes in. If you have a snow report, highway report, wreck report, or picture of snow, we’d love to be able to share it with everyone else! Send pictures to photo@whnt.com – and connect with us on social media. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #valleywx to show us what’s happening […]

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    Valleywx.com: Light Snow Possible Tonight

    Up front, this is not going to be a big winter storm, but it could be impactful if you have travel plans early Saturday morning. Since temperatures stayed in the 30s with almost no direct sunshine from Huntsville west today, the ground is cold enough to support a light accumulation of snow tonight. How much will we get? That depends on where you are; this will vary greatly from place to place. It’s all because of this batch of precipitation […]

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    Valleywx.com: An Up And Down Week Ahead

    The cold weather pattern of January is over, but don’t tell your thermometer yet. Huntsville’s noon temperature was only 39 with a wind chill of 32, and a lot of Tennessee temperatures were in the upper 20s and lower 30s with some patchy road ice in the western part of the state according to TDOT. It’s not going to be “warm” on a consistent basis anytime soon, but it will not be able to get quite as cold as it […]

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    Viral: Hey There, Up North!

    As some of my friends would say, this is a classic “get off my lawn moment” from Jason. Well, here goes. Hey there, Mr. or Mrs. Northern United States! How y’all doing? Did’ya eat yet? Listen, there’s something that’s bothering me a little about some of your comments about my little ol’ state and some of our neighbors over the past 48 hours. Y’all seem to think that we’re just not all that smart because a measly two inches of […]

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    Valleywx.com: A Deep South Snow Event

    Throughout this period of cold, dry weather we have talked about the “pattern” being favorable for snow. Well, it looks like it is finally going to produce it…south of us. That’s not to say the Tennessee Valley region has zero chance of snow; we will see some light snow flurries and showers, and a few spots might even get enough for a light coating of white from Tuesday morning into the early afternoon. This is the specific chance of at […]

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    Valleywx.com: Coldest Air Yet Next Week?

    It is far from a guarantee, but the coldest weather we have seen since 1985 or even 1966 is a possibility next week. This is the morning run of the Canadian GEMS model showing temperatures at 6 AM Wednesday (Jan. 29th): All of the gray areas indicate sub-zero temperatures Fahrenheit on Wednesday morning. This is “extreme,” but there is pretty good confidence that we will get close to this kind of scenario as a once-in-twenty-years or so cold air mass […]

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    Dangerously Cold Temperatures Return

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The cold just won’t quit. Temperatures plunged into the single digits and teens this morning. It will not be quite as cold tonight, but that is only because another cold front is on the way.  The next few days will be bitterly cold. Ahead of the front, the air gets a little milder (“little” is the key word); we only drop into the mid-20s tonight. Behind that front, it turns colder for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures hover […]

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    Valleywx.com: Arctic Takeover Coming Our Way

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – This first Arctic plunge of 2014 has been impressive, but it gets even colder than this! Huntsville International Airport dropped from a high of 50º at 10 AM to 33º at 3 PM Thursday; we will be in the upper 10s by Friday morning, but this taste of Arctic air is just that – a taste. The real surge of long-lasting cold comes Sunday night into Monday. How cold will it get, and how does it […]


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