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
  • Wednesday, July 13th

    Steamy start to Wednesday, heat index as high as 105ºF in the afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A hot and humid afternoon is underway in the Tennessee Valley; temperatures as of 4 p.m. have hit the low and middle 90s, but it feels closer to 100 degrees. The best chance of rain exists on the eastern side of North Alabama and generally east of I-65 in Southern Middle Tennessee. Even then, the odds of widespread rain are at best 20-30% from Madison and Marshall Counties east into the mountains. The chance of rain increases […]

  • Mark Hall, rainbow on July 12

    A rainbow out of the clear, blue sky

    Mark Hall wrote us this morning and said: Took this picture yesterday – have never seen a rainbow in clear sky? A rainbow, cloud bow, morning glories, halo, sun dog (parhelion), or any kind of optical arc in the sky involve some form of water or ice interacting with sunlight. There are a lot of great places to read about rainbows and how they form, but there are not many examples of this kind of of “clear sky” rainbow. Best […]

  • Image: WHNT News 19

    Disaster area declared: extreme drought in Northeast Alabama causes major losses

    USDA Designates 2 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated DeKalb and Jackson counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. “Our hearts go out to those Alabama farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring […]

  • Photo by Harley Bobo of Pisgah, Alabama

    Dodging showers on Tuesday: hit-or-miss storms for another day

    Tuesday’s chance of scattered showers and storms includes a few heavy downpours, but most communities in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee won’t get enough rain to measure. Expect two opportunities for some showers/storms. Some spotty develop ones in the morning hours between 3 AM and 7 AM around The Shoals, Waynesboro, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski (and a small, small chance for Athens-Decatur-Huntsville). Another round of pop-up, hit-or-miss, uneven showers and isolated thunderstorms begins in the early afternoon: lasting from about 1 PM and 8 PM. […]

  • lightning taken at Huntsville dragway. (photo courtesy of Chris Sears)

    Scattered storms may be strong at times this weekend

    Need some rain? Though widespread clouds are keeping temperatures down in the upper 80s to lower 90s Sunday, a moderate to severe drought has developed in the Tennessee Valley, so showers and storms would still bring welcomed relief to the parched region. Thankfully, heavy rains have already moved through the Valley this weekend, putting a small dent into the rainfall deficit that has developed this spring and summer. Locally-heavy storms Friday evening dumped as much as two to three inches […]

  • Huntsville Evening - Summer

    Staying hot and sticky Friday evening, storms to kick off the weekend

    That hot, sticky air outside Friday afternoon is fueling storms north of the Tennessee Valley, and some of those could make it as far south as the Tennessee River late this evening. The odds of substantial rain are small, so don’t cancel your plans tonight. Just be aware that some storms are possible after 7 PM (mainly in Tennessee). It won’t be very pleasant out tonight: temperatures hanging in the upper 80s after sunset with high humidity and a slight […]

  • Chance of measurable rain through Thursday evening (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Slim chance of a late-day shower or storm Thursday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There is plenty of heat and humidity to go around again Thursday afternoon, but without a good forcing mechanism, no showers or storms have formed as of 2:30 p.m. The active storm track continues to be about 50 to 100 miles to our north where repeated rounds of heavy storms have caused serious flooding in western Kentucky. Communities between Bowling Green and Paducah have picked up nearly 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. The […]

  • lightning

    Stormy Wednesday: watch out for scattered heavy storms from morning to night

    Scattered showers and storms develop overnight in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee bringing another good chance of “scattered” heavy downpours to the Tennessee Valley for Wednesday morning.  Some of the showers/storms may produce intense lightning, gusty winds and torrential rainfall (more than 2″ is possible in a few isolated spots).  Be on the lookout for rain in the morning – it won’t happen for every community, but some will get a soaking. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: More […]

  • Cullman, Alabama by Kerry Kelso

    Fireworks & tonight’s weather: Scattered storms may bring gusty winds through the evening

    Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Scattered thunderstorms moving across North Alabama and Tennessee are very electric, and some are producing strong gusty winds. We got a report of some trees down around Central and Cloverdale in Lauderdale County at 8:20 PM.  More heavy storms are moving into The Shoals ahead of fireworks displays this evening. Facebook live video update from Monday evening (8-8:15 PM): A few storms could push severe limits (wind gusts 58 MPH+) through tonight […]

  • 2016 Fourth of July Day Of Forecast

    What to expect for the Independence Day Weekend forecast

    The southern heat and humidity is back in full force, and it is going to be a scorching holiday in the Valley. In fact, temperatures will reach the mid-to-upper 90s both Sunday and Monday; when you factor in the humidity, it will feel more like 100 degrees. Be sure to have plenty of ice water on hand if you are celebrating Independence Day outdoors! The odds of rain and a few storms increase over the weekend, but it’s looking like […]

  • GFS model guidance for Thursday, 7/7

    Scattered storms then 100s coming soon?

    Humidity slowly increases over the weekend setting us up for a steamy set of days with a few pop-up, hit-or-miss, heat-of-the-day showers and thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. With the hot temperatures and high humidity combined, conditions outdoors will become more oppressive on Sunday and Monday: highs between 95ºF and 100ºF, with heat indices near 100° to 105°. There is a better chance of some scattered storms on Monday and especially Tuesday. What to expect this weekend: Rain chances climb a bit […]

  • Dana Dollar; Section, Alabama

    Some storms in Tennessee Tuesday evening, drying out soon

    Summer storms have dealt us an uneven hand lately.  Some folks got a lot, some got a little, and some got none.  Other than a slim chance of a few isolated thunderstorms in Tennessee (and extreme northern Alabama) through the evening hours, we have nothing of significance coming up until the Fourth of July Weekend.  (Get the full perspective of the forecast with our discussion and day-by-day forecast description at Some of our recent storms even produced small swaths […]


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