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
  • Daily downpours more widespread with some tropical influence this weekend

    A hand full of thunderstorms ‘popped up’ in the heat of the day Tuesday, and more of the same happens on Wednesday. The chance that any one spot gets rain stands at about 20% for Wednesday, so it’s just a hot, humid day for most of North Alabama while only a few communities get a brief downpour. Expect highs in the upper 80s; the heat index likely tops out between 90ºF and 93ºF during the hottest part of the afternoon. […]

  • More Downpours: connection to the tropics leads to more spotty, daily storms

    Hit-or-miss, scattered, unevenly distributed, spotty showers and thunderstorms stay in the forecast through the weekend and next week. That does not mean it will rain on you every day or totally ruin your time outdoors at work or play, but it does mean you should be ready for a quick downpour each afternoon for the foreseeable future. Expect a few storms rumbling around through early evening; some of them could impact graduation ceremonies, but most of the storms will be […]

  • Daily Downpours: more hit-or-miss, scattered summer-like storms ahead

    Track scattered storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! North Alabama’s weather stays on repeat for the foreseeable future: warm, humid days with a chance of some scattered showers and storms. Those storms rumbling around Thursday afternoon and evening diminish somewhat overnight; however, they won’t go away completely. We’ll expect some spotty areas of rain through the night into Friday morning. In fact, Friday’s weather looks a whole lot like Thursday’s: […]

  • More Summer storms rumbling through late Spring on Wednesday

    Scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms fade away late Tuesday night, but it’s entirely possible that a few relatively light showers could last through early Wednesday morning. We’ll start the day warm and muggy with a partly to mostly cloudy sky and some patchy fog in areas that saw rain on Tuesday. Tuesday was another record-setting hot day in Huntsville and Muscle Shoals; both cities set new record highs for May 15th. We won’t likely do that again soon […]

  • Tropical Downpours: spotty but heavy storms begin Tuesday

    Huntsville set a new record high Monday afternoon: 95ºF.  It was the fifth-straight day in the 90s; we expect one more shot at 90ºF this week before rain and storms drop temperatures down a little closer to ‘average.’ Expect a hot, humid day to turn into a summer-like evening; temperatures only fall into the upper 60s tonight, and Tuesday looks like one more 90-degree day with a chance of some spotty showers and storms. The coverage goes from ‘spotty’ to […]

  • Weatherly Heights Elementary Third Grade Kidcam!

    Say hello to the Third Graders from Weatherly Heights Elementary in Huntsville!  I visited them Monday morning to talk all about the crazy weather we get here in North Alabama, and we specifically talked about the weather for their field trip Thursday and ‘Field Day’ on Friday.  They are hoping for some breaks in the rain, and with the rain chance at 60-70%, there’s at least a little hope for dry weather to be had. These students had some dynamite […]

  • Heat Continues Through Mother’s Day Weekend

    It’s clear and calm outside, and warming up quickly! An expansive area of high pressure will keep our weather fairly consistent day-to-day through the rest of the weekend, which translates into more heat and humidity! High temperatures will once again touch near 90ºF Saturday will plenty of sun and not much of a breeze to stir the air. Take the heat into consideration before heading out for the day; stay hydrated and take breaks from the heat if you need […]

  • Worst storms of the year? Summer storms can pack a punch

    The official start of Summer is still over a month away, but the weather is already feeling and looking a lot more like Summer than Spring!  Temperatures have already hit the 90s, and we’ve already seen some blustery, summertime storms showing up in this heat. Now is a good time to remind you that summertime storms can bring some of the worst weather you’ll deal with all year. LIVE ALERT 19 and WHNT.com: Track showers and storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive […]

  • Locally-Heavy Storms Thursday afternoon and evening

    A few isolated showers and thunderstorms continue through the evening hours; they fade away after sunset, and the sky becomes mostly clear tonight. Expect lows in the mid-60s: more uncomfortable and humid than we’ve been lately. Track showers and storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! The calendar still shows 42 days until the ‘official’ start of Summer, but summer-like weather is already here. Thursday’s afternoon highs rose into the upper […]

  • Feeling like summertime through the weekend!

    We still have forty-three days until the first day of Summer, but the weather is already feeling more like Summer than Spring! Muscle Shoals hit 90ºF for the first time Wednesday; Huntsville hit 88ºF, and it gets even hotter for the upcoming weekend. The building heat and humidity also bring a chance of a few stray showers and storms: the ‘pop-up’ hit-or-miss variety that are very common around here in the summertime. Wednesday morning was the last ‘cool’ morning we’ll […]

  • R.E. Thompson Intermediate School Third Grade Kidcam!

    The school year is winding down, but I was on the road again this morning visiting some really bright Third Graders at R.E. Thompson Intermediate School in Tuscumbia!  R.E. Thompson is tucked away in a quiet area of southwest Tuscumbia  where the students have a fantastic learning environment with a cool outdoor classroom and some great artwork throughout the inside of the building. These Third Graders showed off their big brains today with great questions and quick responses about the […]

  • Sugar Creek Elementary Third Grade Kidcam!

    The school year is winding down, but the learning hasn’t stopped yet at Sugar Creek Elementary in Limestone County! I got to spend some time with the Third Grade – a very bright group of Third Graders at that – Monday morning, and I learned that this brand-new school has some top-notch students and teachers. Here’s the video I showed of them on WHNT News 19 at 5! I always like to start out talking about some simple science things […]