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
  • Scattered storms Thursday evening

    6:40 PM Update: Storm development has been almost non-existent.  As expected, most of us aren’t getting anything this evening, but we’ll still watch the radar for any rogue storms that develop in this warm, humid environment. The Storm Prediction Center is watching an area over western Alabama and Mississippi where some isolated active thunderstorms are possible this evening and tonight; the risk is labeled ‘marginal’ (the lowest on the scale).  We’ll keep an eye on Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Winston […]

  • The October Flip: what a month’s weather can tell you about long-term forecasts

    Thirty-one days ago we were entering one of the hottest periods on record in October. The first 15 days of the month averaged 72ºF (6.3 degrees above average): the fifth warmest on record in Huntsville. Then the pattern changed drastically from the 16th through the end of the month! The last half of the month averaged about 3ºF below average, and that big cool down brought October’s over-all average down to +1.4ºF: not far from ‘normal.’ Why is information like […]

  • What an ‘unsettled’ weather pattern means to you this week

    You’ll probably hear this a lot over the next 5-6 days: ‘unsettled weather pattern’ bringing occasional chances of rain through the weekend. What does that mean to you? It’s really a catch-all term for periods (days/weeks) in which no ‘major’ storm systems move in to bring big change; however, small and relatively weak systems (often called ‘disturbances’) high in the atmosphere cause periods of clouds, light rain, and a few spotty storms now and then. In other words, ‘unsettled’ means […]

  • Whiplash Weather: rain moves in, temperatures take a nose-dive

    It’s hard to believe a day as beautiful as this one will turn into such a wet, cold night. Hard to believe doesn’t mean it’s not happening, though! A strong cold front moving into Northwest Alabama this evening crosses the entire Tennessee Valley region tonight bringing steady and occasionally heavy rainfall and a very sharp chill down. Football Friday games played west of the Huntsville area will get the rain and colder air first; it stays breezy and warm with […]

  • Heavy Storms Possible for Football Friday

    The weather can change quickly this time of year, and many times you’ll see adjustments to the Seven Day Forecast that you won’t see in Summer or early Fall. The adjustments are usually based on timing: not on missing a storm system completely.  Look at how crazy the high temperature forecast looks through the weekend: Friday, Friday night, and Saturday are all adjustable at this point as we time out a storm system that could bring a risk of heavy […]

  • Frost Advisory for Wednesday morning: scattered frost possible

    A Frost Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 8 AM in some North Alabama and Southern Tennessee Counties.  Frost is most likely in the colder spots; however, temperatures likely remain above freezing tonight preventing a ‘killing freeze’ for most communities.  Protect any summer flowers/plants you are trying to hold on to including mums! URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Huntsville AL 309 PM CDT Tue Oct 24 2017 Lauderdale-Limestone-Madison-Jackson-Moore-Lincoln-Franklin TN- Including the cities of Florence, Athens, Huntsville, […]

  • It’s late October: do you know where your coat is?

    The widespread rain moved out early Monday morning, but the clouds hang around for a while longer as another cold front nears from the northwest this evening and blows through overnight. It doesn’t get excessively cold behind this one, but you will notice the change! Expect lows in the mid-40s by sunrise Tuesday; it only warms toward the upper 50s and lower 60s Tuesday afternoon with a stiff northwest wind gusting upwards of 25 miles per hour. Look for some […]

  • Rain moves in by Sunday night, and it gets heavy on Monday

    Classic October weather like this leaves you wondering what to wear on any given day: cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon, and a slight chill in the evening. That’s what we get tonight and Saturday, but there’s a big change for the wetter (and stormier) coming in by Sunday night. Football Friday weather this evening looks great: still not a hot-chocolate-sell-out week, though! Expect temperatures to fall from the mid-60s at kick-off to the upper 50s by the […]

  • Warm, dry days end soon: a big soaking begins as early as Sunday evening

    Warm afternoons and cool nights continue, but there’s a lot of rain on the horizon Welcome to what October is really usually like around here: a jacket or sweater in the morning, shorts and a t-shirt in the afternoon if you’re out in the sun, and next to no threat of rain. Huntsville only bottomed out at 48ºF Thursday morning, but Cullman still managed to be one of the coldest spots around at 39ºF. We’ll get chilly again tonight; however, […]

  • Winter Outlook: what persimmons, hornets and wooly worms have to say!

    The first half of October was the fifth-warmest start of any October on record in Huntsville since 1907; the average  daily temperature was a whopping 72.0ºF.  May and September average temperatures are usually right around that level for some perspective! Now that it’s finally started feeling like the month we’re actually in, it’s time to talk winter.  Old weather lore dating back generations gives us some conflicting answers on just how cold or snowy or warm or rainy it will be from […]

  • Cool weather with some staying power: summer’s heat takes a hike

    Fall holds on this time: no big-time heat in sight It’s been a long time coming, but this most recent surge of cool air finally broke the back of the summertime heat that had overstayed its welcome. Temperatures plunged into the upper 40s and lower 50s Monday morning, and a stiff north wind kept the cool air coming all day long. The wind settles some tonight, and it gets ‘cold’ for the first time this season. Expect low temps around […]

  • Ready for some sweater weather?

    Two more days in the 80s, then we get a real blast of Fall weather! Cool nights and warm days: that’s the ‘Fall standard’ in the Tennessee Valley, but the abnormal warmth so far this October has not even afforded us many cool nights! Friday morning’s low bottomed out at 48ºF in Winchester and 53ºF in Huntsville. It turned around quickly in the afternoon with temperatures at or above 80ºF at almost every single reporting station in the region. Football […]