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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    Wooly worms, persimmons, and El Niño: looking toward Winter

    It’s been a while since we have visited the topic of the winter weather forecast, but a photo from Amy Sharpe on Wednesday evening brings us to the second level of the old-time folklore winter outlook: the wooly worm. This one is solid black, and if you understand what the folklore says, this is good for snow-lovers and bad for those who aren’t so happy to see the white stuff and the extremely cold weather. Read more at Valleywx.com

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    Storms possible late tonight, cooler temps tomorrow

    November weather can turn on a dime; beautiful days turn to stormy nights often this time of year, and that’s exactly what we expect on Wednesday.  It starts out nice with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and temperatures climb to the upper 60s and lower 70s even as clouds increase ahead of a very dynamic storm system. There is a real threat of severe weather just northwest of the Tennessee Valley, but the storms should be running out of […]

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    Rain again just in time for high school football playoffs

    The high school football regular season ended on a dry, cool note last Friday night, but we have a whole different set of circumstances for round one of the playoffs! There will be enough instability for some thunderstorms, but we do not expect the kind of wind shear and dynamics that would bring a threat of severe thunderstorms on a large scale. A storm becomes “severe” when winds exceed 58 MPH or hailstones larger than a quarter (one-inch diameter) fall. […]

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    Catastrophic Hurricane: Patricia aimed at Mexico

    An incredibly powerful hurricane making landfall in Mexico Friday evening may be one of the strongest ever measured. Hurricane Patricia has set several records for strength through Friday afternoon: strongest winds (measured at 200 MPH) and lowest pressure (879 mb). This is also the second-fastest any storm has gone from the Tropical Storm stage to a Category 5 hurricane. Read more at Valleywx.com

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    A major drought gets major rain soon

    The dry weather is catching up with us. The Big Tree Wildfire in the Bankhead National Forest is growing as are other fires across Alabama. Farmers are having trouble getting winter crops to sprout; hunters can’t get green fields to grow. Drought conditions are expanding from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi into Alabama. Even the areas not “technically” in drought on the map are feeling the pinch of far too little rainfall over the past 30-60 days. Read more at Valleywx.com

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    Fall is finally here to stay

    The coolest air of the season so far blows into the Tennessee Valley this weekend pushing temperatures lower than they have been in six months. The last time it was this cool: April 4th-6th. A FROST ADVISORY for Middle Tennessee is the first of the season for the Nashville area and the Cumberland Plateau. Some patchy frost is possible in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee on both Saturday and Sunday, but it won’t be a widespread “killing” frost (agriculturally speaking).

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    Showers, some heavy storms for Football Friday this week

    Got plans for Football Friday or one of the many events happening around the Tennessee Valley on Friday, Saturday or Sunday? Check out the latest video forecast taking you beyond the numbers to explain how the weather will have an impact on Friday’s football games – and how nice it gets this weekend!

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    Valleywx.com blog: SKYWARN Spotter training for the deaf and hard of hearing

    If you have never been to SKYWARN Spotter Training, it’s a great resource to learn about severe storms whether you love them or you are terrified of them. NWS Huntsville Meteorologist Jennifer Saari has worked hard in recent years to reach out to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to make sure they have access to this kind of critical information.

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    Valleywx blog: Ants on the flood waters

    I was a Meteorologist/Reporter at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi in the early days of my career.  I learned a lot about reporting weather, but one thing about my news reporting life that I have carried with me ever since was a bit of wisdom from my News Director John Johnson: “if it’s interesting to you, it’s interesting to the people watching you.”

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    A personal note from WHNT Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson about son Brody

    Jason Simpson, WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist, returns to our newscasts the evening of Monday, June 1. He has been spending time with his family for the past few weeks after the birth of son Brody on May 8, 2015. Brody is making progress, but the family asks for your continued thoughts and prayers as he continues to battle several complications.

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    BLOG: See our coverage of severe weather Friday, April 3

    Read the live blog tracking the latest developments from the WHNT  weather team as rain and some heavy thunderstorms moved through the Tennessee Valley. We posted continuous updates in our live blog on Valleywx.com.    

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    Winter storm watch issued for parts of north Alabama

    (WHNT)– A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the Tennessee Valley ahead of Thursday morning’s winter weather threat. Areas included in the watch are generally along and west of I-65. The greatest threat of significant ice, power outages, and hazardous travel looks to be in Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and extreme northwestern Alabama. That’s where temperatures drop fastest and precipitation will still be heavy enough to create some potentially serious problems. This will be different than winter weather […]


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