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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).

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    Cool clouds and a warm, dry Labor Day Weekend

    Did you notice some cool, fishbone-looking clouds in the sky Friday evening?  These are called cirrus fibratus (some may call them cirrus vertebratus).   Sunset behind Rainbow Mountain #valleywx — CaptainWombat (@techroach98) September 3, 2016 #valleywx cirrus stratus? — MarkHundscheid (@FiniteRex) September 3, 2016 Clouds like that are often a sign of fair weather, and that’s what we get in the short-term! The weather hasn’t been this nice on a weekend in quite a while! We need rain; the drought is […]

  • More comfortable in Tennessee, more humid in Northeast Alabama with a low chance of showers Friday evening

    Hermine heads east, we stay dry with a few small exceptions

    Friday’s chance of rain is not exactly zero, but it is low. A batch of tropical moisture spreading north from Hurricane Hermine interacting with a slow-moving (practically stalled) cold front nearby brings in a low chance of some spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening mainly over the central and eastern parts of Alabama. Temperatures drop into the 80s for daytime highs Friday afternoon, and we expect fair weather for most high school football games this week. The […]

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    Small, “extreme” drought continues in Northeast Alabama

    Alabama’s over-all drought picture improved over the past two weeks thanks to daily doses of scattered showers and storms. Total drought areal coverage dropped from 66% to 61% since last Thursday, but for all of the improvements, Jackson County is still the same: dry as a bone. According to Alabama State Climatologist Dr. John Christy’s assessment this week, Northeast Alabama (zone two in his Palmer Drought Index including Jefferson, Blount, Cullman, Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties) needs 8.92″ of rain to break […]

  • Mike Wilhelm, sunset over Huntsville 8/31/16

    Spotty showers at sunset made some cool lines in the sky!

    This happens every now and then when a small shower or even one single, isolated thunderstorm gets in between you and the sunset: crepuscular and anticrepuscular rays! Crepuscular is a descriptive word meaning “of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.” Mike Wilhelm’s awesome view of the crepuscular rays: August has had beautiful sunsets this year. Tonight was no exception in Huntsville. #valleywx #alwx — Mike Wilhelm (@bamawx) September 1, 2016 Both crepuscular AND anticrepuscular rays: Incredible sunset #valleywx […]

  • Highs on Wednesday, August 31

    One more scorcher on Wednesday, then more comfortable air moves in

    This has been a hot summer by every measure we have. Forty-one days with a high of 95ºF or higher in Huntsville (13th-most on record). Second-hottest over-all average June to August temperature: 82.3ºF. And there’s at least one more of the really hot days ahead before we get a breather. The chance of showers and storms is only 10-20% on Wednesday and Thursday; consider yourself lucky if you get a quarter-inch of rain or more because most Tennessee Valley communities […]

  • Skycast Huntsville Tomorrow Breakout 2016

    More mid-90s, dry weather, and no help from the tropics

    Isolated showers developed Monday, but so few got rain that it was almost as if it never happened. Temperatures soared into the 90s again, and we expect to do that for the next several days before a cold front moves in to at least make the air more breathable later in the week. Short-term weather won’t be changing much: warm and humid early with some patchy fog, another very hot afternoon with a high around 96ºF Tuesday. Wednesday is more […]

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    Improvements? Drought still a big problem for Northeast Alabama

    The wet got wetter, and the dry didn’t get enough to help alleviate the drought conditions over the past seven days.  A swath of territory from Wayne and Lawrence Counties in Southern Tennessee southward to Florence, Rogersville, Muscle Shoals, Russellville and Moulton technically have no drought at all; most of Madison and Jackson Counties are still in severe to extreme drought. According to Alabama’s State Climatologist the northeastern part of Alabama still needs a steady dose of rain to come […]

  • Towering storms from Hampton Cove by K. Warmath

    Summer’s sizzle: no long-term heat or drought relief in sight

    The only chance of any heat relief anytime soon?  A few isolated showers and storms may dot the landscape over the next few days, but “hot” – not “stormy” – is the word that best describes what to expect through Thursday and Friday. Temperatures begin in the mid-70s at the bus stop, and there’s no need to worry about rain for the drive to work or school.  Spotty showers/storms are possible in the afternoon and early evening, but most communities miss […]

  • ECMWF Hurricane Hermine?

    A lot of buzz about the tropics

    August 24th marks the 24th anniversary of the last Category Five hurricane in the United States: Hurricane Andrew. While we are watching the system approaching the Bahamas closely, this one doesn’t have the same kind of high-end potential Andrew had.  See the video for more about that historic storm and a look at where “Invest 99-L” is headed as of Wednesday evening: Hurricane Wilma – the last “major” hurricane to strike the United States – made landfall 3,957 days ago. […]

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    Tropical Storm Fiona no threat to the United States as of now

    Got beach plans for the weekend or next week?  Scattered showers and storms are possible, but Tropical Storm Fiona will have no impact on the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida.  The storm stays relatively weak and never really even comes close to any land masses through early next week. Beach Forecast Tropical Storm Fiona from NHC

  • Donna Prickett, Guntersville, Alabama 8/17/2016

    If it’s not a rainbow, then what is it?

    Donna Prickett sent me this photo today: Shot this over Lake Guntersville this afternoon.  Ramona Edwards told me I should ask you if it’s ” a little rainbow, maybe.” So what is it? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a rainbow as an “arc.” This is clearly not an arc, so can we call it a rainbow? Based on the strict definition, no, we can’t. The go-to resource for things like this is Atmospheric Optics, and this is what I found: “Sometimes colored […]

  • Iridescent clouds near the Moon by Darren Wagner in New Market

    Cool Clouds: Iridescent clouds near Monday night’s Moon

    Darren Wagner snapped a cool picture of some shiny clouds near the Moon Monday evening near New Market.  It’s not the classic “halo” associated with the famous “ring around the moon means rain is coming soon.”  It’s actually iridescence. Iridescence, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a lustrous rainbowlike play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves (as from an oil slick, soap bubble, or fish scales) that tends to change as the angle of view changes.”  (What is “refraction?”) explains the difference […]