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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
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    A warming trend leading up to Christmas: 70s for the big day?

    From Sunday to Monday, the temperature fell about 50 degrees; we’ll gradually rise nearly 50 degrees by Christmas Day and early next week, so we are trading in the frost flowers for weather that makes you wonder when the real flowers will start blooming again. Tuesday starts cold: lows in the lower and middle 20s with a light north wind. Tuesday looks a tad milder with a high in the upper 40s to near 50ºF by mid-afternoon under a fair […]

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    RECAP: Sleet, snow reported in the Valley Sunday morning, early afternoon

    Wintry weather moved through the Tennessee Valley Sunday morning and early afternoon, and while sleet and snow were observed in the region, little to no impacts have been reported. The Alabama Department of Transportation said the roads are wet Sunday afternoon, but not icy. If it does get cold enough for the pavement to freeze, bridges and overpasses will freeze first. ALDOT reminds everyone to use extra caution while driving. The team there will be monitoring conditions all day and […]

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    Severe weather threat subsides, Winter Weather Advisory in effect through 12 p.m. Sunday

    The severe weather threat has since subsided, but with freezing temperatures moving into the Valley, a wintry mix is possible through Sunday afternoon. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: The Winter Weather Advisory now includes a large part of Tennessee and several counties in North Alabama: Colbert, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Jackson. The forecast has not changed: very little (if any) impact from winter weather in the WHNT News 19 viewing area. A few slick spots may develop in […]

  • Severe weather timeline for Saturday night and Sunday morning (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Wild weekend weather ahead: rain, heavy storms, and wintry, cold conditions

    A stiff south wind overnight brings in air that sets us up for a heavy rain event that may feature a few marginally severe thunderstorms late Saturday night into Sunday morning.  This does not look anything like the tornado outbreak from November 30th.  Following the rain and storms, it gets darn cold on Sunday: temperatures dropping into the low-30s with a wind chill around 15 to 25 degrees.  Some rain may mix with sleet and snow, but we do not anticipate any […]

  • Midday Sunday precipitation type (image produced 5:36 PM Tue.)

    Rain exits, clouds and fog stay a while, then it just turns cold

    A cold front passing by this evening sweeps out the rain and brings in drier, colder weather. Clouds hang on through the night; expect a gradual temperature drop from the upper 40s at 7 PM to the middle and upper 30s by daybreak Wednesday. Those clouds finally break apart by Wednesday afternoon with a high temperature between 45 (in the colder, higher elevations) to the lower 50s in Huntsville, Decatur and The Shoals. What about seeing the Supermoon or the […]

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    Nelson Elementary Third Grade Kidcam!

    There’s a song that says something about rainy days and Mondays getting you down, but a rainy Monday in a drought  with some smiling Third Graders makes for a pretty good day! Meet the Third Grade from Nelson Elementary School in Scottsboro!  I love to try to throw some curve balls while we’re talking about analyzing things, but it was tough to fool these students.  They’re bright, they’re very respectful, and they’re very ready for Christmas vacation! We also touched […]

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    Forecasts and rumors: December’s weather gets more interesting by the day

    Huntsville stayed below freezing for twelve hours from Thursday night to Friday morning, and we get another long period of subfreezing weather tonight: below freezing from around 6 PM Friday to around 9 AM Saturday.  Actual low temperatures range from 18ºF in the cold spots to around 25ºF in the middle of town by sunrise. Saturday and Sunday look like typically-cool early December days.  Look for a lot of sunshine both days; temperatures climb to the mid-40s Saturday with a […]

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    Multiple tornadoes confirmed in the Tennessee Valley from Nov 29-30 severe storms

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville released a new survey statement Friday night to include another Cullman-Winston tornado from Tuesday night. With all the surveys put together in this reports it states that as many as nine tornadoes touched down in the Tennessee Valley area during the evening hours of Tuesday, November 29 as well as the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 30. Below are the details of the tornado damage assessment surveys conducted by the NWS. Public Information […]

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    BLOG: Severe weather moves through Tennessee Valley Nov. 29-30

    A line of intense storms moved across the Tennessee Valley late November 29 and into the early morning hours of November 30. The storms brought heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and tornadoes. Below is an archive of our blog we updated through the system.   Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

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    Another Threat: Severe storms possible again late tonight into early Wednesday morning

    Looking at this afternoon: temperatures rise to near record-warmth later today, and we see some sunshine for a while with a gusty south wind. That’s just setting up the next wave of stormy weather for late tonight into Wednesday morning.  We’ll still have a breeze: 10-20 miles per hour with higher gusts in the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center posted a ‘Slight Risk’ for most the Tennessee Valley for tonight and Wednesday. Storms are more likely to become stronger or […]

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    Heavy rain, high winds diminishing Monday evening, overnight

    The worst of the weather has ended in North Alabama: winds diminishing and rain dropping off. We’ve seen beneficial rain that should help reduce the fire threat, and without the wind, that will help get them under control. Rainfall through 8:30 PM Monday: Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron […]

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    Best chance of rain in over seven months arrives next week

    Cool, dry air moving in on a gentle breeze makes it colder tonight, and there will be a little chill in the air this weekend even during the day. Temperatures fall to the mid-30s tonight with some scattered frost, and it only warms into the middle and upper 50s on Saturday afternoon. It gets even colder on Sunday morning: lows 25-30ºF for several hours before sunrise. The wind shifts around to the south on Sunday, and it starts to warm […]