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
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    Widespread rain? Wednesday brings a chance at some heavy rain

    …and boy could we use it. The heat index by Wednesday afternoon looks nasty. It’s a chance, but it’s the best-looking set-up we have had in quite some time. A disturbance to the northwest, hot and humid air here, and the potential for some big thunderstorms upstream on Wednesday afternoon give us hope for some widespread rain around here through Wednesday evening. We maintain a 50% chance of showers and storms on Wednesday; a few pop-up here and there, but […]

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    Hot, humid days: what to expect from this week’s heat and scattered storms

    “It’s like walking around in a dog’s mouth.” That’s what WHNT News 19s’ Jeff Gray says about weather like this, and I doubt there’s ever been a better description of it. One sure bet with weather like this: spotty showers and storms. It’s easy to forecast (and lampoon the weatherman for forecasting) “scattered showers and storms” on a daily basis. The toughest thing about summer storms is knowing what to do with a forecast like that. Plan for rain? Cancel […]

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    Encouraging signs of drought relief on the horizon

    A large, hot, dry “ridge” over the Central and Eastern United States through the weekend keeps the jet stream (storm track) far enough north to put some sizzle into Saturday and Sunday. It also acts to suppress pop-up afternoon thunderstorms even in areas where the air is very hot and humid. A pattern change brings a better chance of rain and knocks down the heat some next week. The ridge (sometimes called a “high” or a “block”) breaks down, shifts […]

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    Air quality alert issued for Madison and Morgan counties Friday

    The Alabama Department of Environmental Management posted an Air Quality Alert for Madison and Morgan Counties on Friday. The alert is for an unusually high concentration of ground-level ozone that may be harmful to young children, elderly, and those with severe allergies or asthma. If you fall into one of those categories, limit your time outdoors in the hottest part of the day. You can reduce the amount of ground-level ozone by limiting driving, filling up fuel tanks after 6 […]

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    Unusually strong dust devil in Harvest

    Dust devils are not all that rare, but it is unusual for one to cause damage to property! One of our pals Karl Schneider (future meteorologist – remember that name) sent us some video of a dust devil damaging a truck in the parking lot of Eager Beaver Tree Service in Harvest last Friday: There have been a hand full of reports of injuries or fatalities with dust devils over the years; one of the more recent ones happened in […]

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    “Noctilucent Clouds” seen from the ISS

    From NASA: Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency photographed rare, high-altitude noctilucent or “night shining” clouds from the International Space Station on May 29, 2016. Polar mesospheric clouds — also known as noctilucent clouds – form between 76 to 85 kilometers (47 to 53 miles) above the Earth’s surface, near the boundary of the mesosphere and thermosphere, a region known as the mesopause. At these altitudes, water vapor can freeze into clouds of ice crystals. […]

  • Shelf cloud over Scottsboro (Photo: Joey Hinkle)

    Expecting Storms: how to interpret the chance of rain this weekend

    No.  This does not look like a total washout of a weekend, but you should be prepared for some rain at almost any time. The best chance of rain comes Saturday night into Sunday morning; most of that will be relatively light (less than a quarter-inch of rainfall). A cold front moving through the region on Sunday afternoon will kick off some widely-spaced thunderstorms here and there bringing very heavy rain and some gusty winds to a few, isolated areas. […]

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    Warning improvements: NOAA’s “Warn On Forecast” may double lead time

    Thirteen minutes: that’s the current “lead time” (the advance notice of an impactful severe weather event) on most Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings. What if you could have as much as one-hour’s notice? It’s in the works! The National Severe Storms Laboratory developed a high-resolution, short-term program called “Warn On Forecast” that could provide valuable minutes for you to get yourself and your family to safety. From NSSL: Warn-on-Forecast researchers work to combine high-resolution surface, satellite, and radar data […]

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    “Severe Drought:” scattered storms helping but not erasing building drought

    Whether you have had a little sprinkle or a big downpour, the past two days have brought the best rain we have had in over a month. Some places are still begging for a downpour, and that’s why the US Drought Monitor shows a large area of SEVERE drought over Northeast Alabama and part of North Georgia and a fraction of southern Tenn. Alabama’s state climatologist Dr. John Christy adds Cullman, Blount and Jefferson Counties to that LEVEL 2 drought […]

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    More heavy downpours, few strong storms Thursday

    Scattered heavy storms started developing before midday, and they will behave a lot like those on Wednesday: locally-heavy rain (1/2″ to as much as 2″), some small hail, and a few brief but strong wind gusts over 50 MPH. Storms will rumble through the evening and gradually thin out between 9 PM and midnight. WHNT News 19’s Interactive Radar Page Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Severe weather is not expected, but one or two storms could be […]

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    Embrace the Uncertainty: only scattered storms in our near future

    Let’s be real.  We do not foresee any guarantees of heavy soaking rain for any one specific area in the next 7-14 days.   In fact, it would be a minor miracle if every square inch of the Tennessee Valley got more than an inch of rain in the next week. Having said that, individual showers and storms have the capacity to produce well over one inch of rain in a short time; that’s great for the spots where they […]

  • WHNT Earth Design

    Tropical Depression #2 forms on Friday afternoon

    An area of disturbed weather officially became Tropical Depression #2 Friday afternoon; hurricane hunters found a closed circulation and good organization.  Key things to note: this will be a minimal tropical storm impacting the Carolinas this weekend and this will NOT have any impact on Memorial Day beach plans along the Gulf Coast. Why is it #2?  The first tropical cyclone of 2016 was actually Hurricane Alex in January (yes, that’s very unusual).  This one is the second of the […]


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