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
  • Rainfall totals via Weather Underground

    Heavy rain, high winds diminishing Monday evening, overnight

    The worst of the weather has ended in North Alabama: winds diminishing and rain dropping off. We’ve seen beneficial rain that should help reduce the fire threat, and without the wind, that will help get them under control. Rainfall through 8:30 PM Monday: Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron […]

  • Rainfall April 11-12, 2016 (the last time we had full coverage of rain)

    Best chance of rain in over seven months arrives next week

    Cool, dry air moving in on a gentle breeze makes it colder tonight, and there will be a little chill in the air this weekend even during the day. Temperatures fall to the mid-30s tonight with some scattered frost, and it only warms into the middle and upper 50s on Saturday afternoon. It gets even colder on Sunday morning: lows 25-30ºF for several hours before sunrise. The wind shifts around to the south on Sunday, and it starts to warm […]

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    Major Pattern Shift: rain, storms next week then much colder in December

    To say it’s been warm this Fall is an understatement; the average temperature since September 1st is 70.1ºF. That’s the warmest on record in Huntsville, and it’s also the driest September to November on record. Slightly cooler air slips in tonight for Friday and the weekend, but we have another push of very warm weather coming ahead of a major Fall storm system next week. In the short-term, the weather looks fine for Black Friday shopping, the playoffs, and spending […]

  • GEFS 500 mb anomaly Nov. 28 to Dec. 3

    Historic drought now covering almost 100% of Alabama

    Ninety-eight percent of Alabama’s land mass is now in at least “severe” drought conditions; over 80% of the state is in the “extreme” to “exceptional” category. This is very close to how the peak of the 2007-08 drought looked: The northern half of the state needs about 11 to 15 inches of rain to get out of drought conditions. The actual rainfall deficits for the year exceed that over much of Northeast Alabama and a few spots here and there around […]

  • GFS Futurecast rainfall (11/22/16)

    What to expect from Wednesday’s rain and when to expect even more!

    It’s not as cold tonight, so it won’t be frosty Wednesday morning. In fact, the lowest temperatures in even the cold spots will be well above the past few mornings: mainly in the lower and middle 40s. There is a chance of some rain Wednesday, but it’s not going to amount to much in most locations around here. We have lowered the chance of measurable rain to 40% in Huntsville and Decatur, so the best chance of measurable rain is primarily over northwestern Alabama […]

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    Plainview Third Grade Thanksgiving Feast 2016!

    The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because that’s the day I get to visit my friends in the Third Grade at Plainview in Rainsville, talk about weather, and join them for lunch in the annual Thanksgiving Feast! I love hanging out with these kids, these teachers and the parents!  They’re so welcoming and hospitable, and it’s just a highlight of this season for me. Before we ate lunch at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum, […]

  • Odds of at least 1" of rain through the next two weeks (EPS)/WxBell

    As dry as it gets: some signs of a pattern change on the horizon

    The drought in the Tennessee Valley (along with much of Central Alabama, Southern Tennessee and North Georgia) is about as bad as it gets.  Some communities have not had appreciable rainfall in months, but there are some signs of change ahead. Dry weather and dry air are causing lots of problems from agriculture to allergies; if you’re feeling dehydrated or have a cough you just can’t get rid of, it may be the weather. It gets cold early Tuesday!  Expect another […]

  • Colorful leaves and rain fell in Tuscumbia.

    Rain on the way Friday night, then it turns much colder!

    We have reached the end of the sustained unseasonably warm weather. Friday’s high temperatures came close to record territory again, but a cold front brings a good chance of rain and much colder air in the near future! Track rain moving across the region tonight with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! High school football games around North Alabama and Southern Tennessee look mild and dry for the most part; however, there […]

  • @jdizzle1101 at Little River Canyon in DeKalb County

    Worst in a Decade: more than a third of Alabama in “exceptional” drought

    Thursday morning’s U.S. Drought Monitor Update showed 100% of both Alabama and Tennessee now in some stage of drought, but the worst level, “exceptional,” now covers over 33% of Alabama and nearly 9% of Tennessee.  This is the worst in this region since the historic, long-term drought from 2007 to 2008. According to Alabama’s  State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, the entire northern half of Alabama needs between 10″ and 15″ of rain to alleviate drought conditions; that does not appear likely in […]

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    Arsonist arrested for starting a wildfire in Kentucky to draw attention to his Facebook page

    KENTUCKY – (AP) Police say a man arrested for arson in eastern Kentucky confessed to setting a fire to draw attention to his Facebook page. Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens said 21-year-old Johnny Mullins is facing a charge of second-degree arson for the blaze in Letcher County. He said Mullins would post selfie videos on Facebook from the scene of various fires, delivering what he called a “Weather Outlook” segment for his viewers. In his last video, osted on Nov. […]

  • Near Valley Head on Lookout Mountain. Photo: Sissy Crider

    Lookout Mountain fire burns near the Alabama/Georgia line, threatens homes

    A wildfire on Lookout Mountain near the state line jumped a fire break and is threatening homes in Walker County, Georgia.  Here’s what we know as of Thursday evening: The fire is threatening homes on Lookout Mountain across the state line in Walker County, Georgia. Some residences in DeKalb County north of Mentone may be impacted if the fire continues to spread. Resources from both the Georgia and Alabama Forestry Commissions are on scene as well as multiple fire departments from […]

  • Laurie Price/Douglas, Alabama

    Friday Frost Advisory: another cold night ahead

    Some of the usual cold pockets got very cold Thursday morning: Winchester at 28ºF, Valley Head at 31ºF, and Crossville hit 32ºF.  Huntsville has yet to drop below freezing this season, and from the looks of things, that won’t be just yet.  There is, however, a Frost Advisory for several counties in Tennessee, and there is certainly a chance of scattered frost in the normal cold pockets of Alabama tonight/Friday morning. It does get cold again tonight, though: lows range […]