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
  • Honeysuckle bloom in New Market.  Photo: Jenny Ragland

    A little taste of February in April

    Will the Spring blossoms last through an unusually cold weekend?  A chill like this is not unprecedented, but it sure is out of the ordinary. The wind prevents widespread frost early Saturday and pushes the “feels like” temperature down as low as 25ºF to 30ºF between 4 and 8 AM. Even with a fully sunny sky Saturday will feel more like the end of February than the second weekend of April. Check the video update for the areas with the […]

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    Rain, scattered strong storms possible Wednesday evening

    The Storm Prediction Center has drawn out a “SLIGHT RISK” area for potentially strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening around northern Alabama, much of Middle and West Tennessee, as well as parts of Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia. This is not the same kind of storm system that produced tornadoes in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi last week.  In fact, storms developing this afternoon and evening will have limited instability (fuel) and dynamics (wind shear, uplift) to use; that means we don’t expect many […]

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    Huge temperature swings in early April

    Did you plant your Spring garden yet? If you did, chances are you’ll need to make a run for some cold weather survival supplies for those plants. Temperatures may be as much as 15ºF to 20ºF below average for April by Friday, Saturday and Sunday: From our Forecast Discussion: An unusually cold weekend on the way: Colder, drier air blows in Thursday setting up near-record cold for Friday and the weekend. Friday will be a chilly, breezy day with a […]

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    Priceville tornado confirmed, surveys continue

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms an EF-2 tornado hit Priceville Thursday night.  The complete storm survey is below the photo gallery. The latest from Priceville via WHNT News 19’s Megan Brantley Tornadoes confirmed in Blount and Pickens Counties from Thursday evening NWS Nashville confirms straight-line winds and anticyclonic (what’s that?) tornado damage in Tennessee:  See the Tennessee surveys here from NWS Nashville Photos of damage from the Priceville area: PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 650 PM […]

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    Thursday’s severe storms: Live updates

    This is a live blog covering the severe weather threat on Thursday, March 31st.  Scroll down below this text for the latest updates, and stay informed! NOAA Weather Radio is the #1 way to get an alert for your area, but we offer many ways to keep you up-to-date even while you’re on the go: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text) Refresh this page for the latest […]

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    Showers, some storms still possible through early evening

    3:20 PM Update: The Storm Prediction Center downgraded the “risk” area for North Alabama and most of Tennessee just moments ago; there is no SLIGHT RISK for severe storms now.  A few isolated stronger storms may still develop along a cold front from western Middle Tennessee through North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama through early evening.  That main problem with any of those isolated storms would be gusty winds over 40-50 MPH and some small hail – that’s if they actually […]

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    Wild weather swings typical of March

    There’s a cold front headed in, and that means some rain Friday night and Saturday morning before the colder air takes over for the weekend. Frost likely, a freeze possible too: Cold, dry air and a light wind early Monday morning give us a chance of some frost and a light freeze. Expect as many as 3-6 hours of subfreezing temperatures between midnight and 6 AM in the usual cold pockets (Russellville, Fort Payne, Winchester, Meridianville, etc.). Lows range from […]

  • 2005-2015 Tornado Warnings from NWS Huntsville

    How much longer can it stay this quiet?

    How much longer can it stay this quiet?  It would be nice if we never had to contend with tornadoes again; however, it’s just a matter of time before severe storms rumble through again in the right environment to end the quiet period. In 2015, were 10 total tornadoes in the National Weather Service Huntsville’s County Warning Area. Most of those (six) happened in an odd time of the year: July.  The strongest occurred near Waterloo on December 23rd: EF-2 intensity. (MORE: […]

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    Crestline Elementary Third Grade!

    The Third Grade teachers at Crestline tell me they can tell there’s a change in the weather by the way the students behave! In other words, a Friday AND some rainy weather can make for an interesting day – that’s where I come in stirring them up even more! I visited these young ladies and gentlemen early Friday morning and had a lot of fun asking and answering questions. They’re sharp. I like to throw curveballs when I show them […]

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    Beach-goers beware: high danger of rip currents on the Gulf Coast

    Spring Break season is upon us, and the same windy weather producing the blustery weather in the Tennessee Valley, Central Alabama and most of Tennessee is causing dangerous surf and rip currents on the Gulf Coast. A strong storm system producing extreme rainfall in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas is moving east very slowly; a strong area of high pressure near the East Coast is making for a tight pressure gradient (see Why Is It So Windy here on WHNT.com). From […]

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    Robert says to mow wild onions this week!

    It’s a Tennessee Valley tradition to have Robert Reeves tell us all when to mow the wild onions so that they won’t come back.  Get your mowing britches on; Robert says March 10th and 11th are the days to get the job done (according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac). There’s one problem with that timeline: rain. We expect several rounds of showers and a few embedded thunderstorms around here starting as early as midday Thursday. Most of the rain will […]

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    Frances Nungester First Grade Kidcam!

    It is career week at Frances Nungester Elementary in Decatur, and these First Graders are spending time learning about what it takes to do all kinds of jobs. It’s special for me to go speak about my career with young students because I already knew at that age what I wanted to do, and I have been lucky enough to do it here at home in the Tennessee Valley. I told them how every day is different for me; the […]


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