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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).

Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: Areas of rain, thunder continue through Saturday evening; severe threat remains very limited

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A line of storms continues to weaken as it moves across north Alabama and southern Tennessee Saturday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has trimmed away the greater risk of severe weather well away from the Tennessee Valley, though one or two heavier storms are still possible through the evening hours. Storms earlier today produced pea-sized hail in Lawrence County and strong wind gusts toppled an older tree near Hillsboro. SATURDAY EVENING: Some showers and thunderstorms may continue […]

  • Barkley Bridge Elementary Kindergarten Kidcam!

    Need help getting over the Wednesday ‘hump day’ hump? Kindergarteners sure help! I spent some time with the Kindergarteners at Barkley Bridge Elementary in Hartselle Wednesday, and if they look a little tired in the video, it’s for a good reason! They came to me from P.E. class where they did Jump Rope for Heart! I got to talk with them about storms, the seasons, and why we have storms. Then, we did one of my favorite things: reading some […]

  • Warmer air moves in quickly, but are we finished with frosty weather?

    The frost was thick this morning. Temperatures fell as low as the middle teens in Northeast Alabama and Tennessee. Valley Head officially hit 16ºF, but there was one report of 11ºF on Lookout Mountain at Mentone! Huntsville’s official low was 22ºF: two short of the record low set back during the Blizzard of ’93. So now that it’s warming up, this questions arises: ‘is this the last of the cold weather?’ With history as our guide, the answer is a […]

  • James I. Dawson Elementary Kindergarten Kidcam!

    It’s almost Spring Break, and the weather isn’t helping the Spring Fever that much these days! It was a fantastic day outside when I arrived at James I. Dawson Elementary in Huntsville Wednesday afternoon, and the smiles of these Kindergarteners made it even better! We talked about the seasons and how March in particular can bring a little bit of everything including snow (big cheers) and severe storms (not so many cheers). We also talked about how it’s important not […]

  • From ‘Spring Fever’ to ‘Winter Wishing:’ snow may not be far away this weekend

    This kind of weather gives a lot of us Spring Fever!  We’ve gotten close to 70ºF Wednesday afternoon.  Look for a high in the low-70s Thursday afternoon (after a chilly morning) with a sunny sky, but an unsettled pattern sets in for Friday and the weekend bringing rain, thunderstorms, and even a chance of some snowflakes before all is said and done. Did someone say ‘snow?’  The 24th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’93 is this weekend. There’s no comparison […]

  • Stormy Wednesday: ‘Enhanced Risk’ of severe storms for the Tennessee Valley

    Severe storms in the Midwest killed at least three people in Missouri and Illinois Tuesday evening, and we expect strong to severe storms around here during the day Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined the Tennessee Valley with an ‘Enhanced Risk’ of severe weather for Wednesday.  Storms in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi Tuesday night move this way by sunrise Wednesday bringing showers and storms (likely in a weakened state) to The Shoals between 6 and 9 AM.  The main […]

  • Severe Drought Expands Again: looking for more rain by next week

    Thursday’s US Drought Monitor update showed an expanded area of ‘Severe’ drought in North Alabama. That’s the confirmation of what we already knew: we need rain! The bright orange area (Severe) grew by 7.6% this week.  Now we need around 3″ to 6″ of rain to totally end the drought the Tennessee Valley region according to Dr. John Christy, Alabama’s State Climatologist. The big question is ‘when?’ There’s not a definite answer to that, but we do have some hope […]

  • Warm Wednesday, stormy Friday?

    Wednesday sure looks warm, but this is nothing compared to where we are headed for Thursday and Friday: We may not break the records this week, but we’ll be awfully close to some record high temperatures. The ‘all-time’ record high for the month of February in Huntsville is 83ºF set on 2/23/1996; this looks short of that: Wednesday: Forecast is 69ºF, record is 76ºF in 1980. Thursday: Forecast is 75ºF, record is 83ºF in 1996. Friday: Forecast is 78ºF, record is […]

  • Brookhill Third Grade Kidcam!

    Sunny, warm Fridays before long weekends can be a big challenge for students – especially when a special guest is coming! That may sound like a problem, but it really makes for a fun morning. I visited the Third Grade at Brookhill Elementary in Athens before lunch today, and I found some great, energetic, and smart students! These kids are just old enough to remember what happened in Limestone County (and the rest of the state for that matter) back […]

  • On a Flight for His Life: Meet Madison’s Miracle Michael Moretti

    MADISON, Ala. – “He’s in heart failure.”  That’s one of the scariest things a doctor can say about your child, but that’s exactly what Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Paul Israel told Becky and Joe Moretti about their son Michael when he was only four months old. Michael was born a healthy baby boy on July 7, 2012 at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, but life was about to take a drastic turn. “He probably started having symptoms – looking back […]

  • 2017: where did ‘Winter’ go?

    It seems like that cold weather and little bit of snow back in January never happened because it’s been so warm this season.  Between 1/5 and 1/9, the average temperature ran about 13ºF below average.  That 120-hour period was the coldest period of the season. Remember this from Sunday morning, January 8th? Outside of that, it’s been a lot warmer than you’d expect! So who can blame you if you ask “Winter? What winter?” Through Tuesday, the current December to February […]

  • Some rain by midweek, still no signs of winter for now

    A storm system tracking near the Gulf Coast Tuesday night spreads clouds and rain across most of Alabama and Southern Tennessee before midnight. Some of that rain could be locally heavy at times producing more than a half-inch of rain. On the whole, most communities will come in with less than a half-inch (closer to 0.10” or 0.25” in all). The clouds and rain keep it chilly Wednesday: highs in the 45-50ºF range with a stiff northwest wind gusting as […]