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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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    Viral: Hey There, Up North!

    As some of my friends would say, this is a classic “get off my lawn moment” from Jason. Well, here goes. Hey there, Mr. or Mrs. Northern United States! How y’all doing? Did’ya eat yet? Listen, there’s something that’s bothering me a little about some of your comments about my little ol’ state and some of our neighbors over the past 48 hours. Y’all seem to think that we’re just not all that smart because a measly two inches of […]

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    Valleywx.com: A Deep South Snow Event

    Throughout this period of cold, dry weather we have talked about the “pattern” being favorable for snow. Well, it looks like it is finally going to produce it…south of us. That’s not to say the Tennessee Valley region has zero chance of snow; we will see some light snow flurries and showers, and a few spots might even get enough for a light coating of white from Tuesday morning into the early afternoon. This is the specific chance of at […]

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    Valleywx.com: Coldest Air Yet Next Week?

    It is far from a guarantee, but the coldest weather we have seen since 1985 or even 1966 is a possibility next week. This is the morning run of the Canadian GEMS model showing temperatures at 6 AM Wednesday (Jan. 29th): All of the gray areas indicate sub-zero temperatures Fahrenheit on Wednesday morning. This is “extreme,” but there is pretty good confidence that we will get close to this kind of scenario as a once-in-twenty-years or so cold air mass […]

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    Dangerously Cold Temperatures Return

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) - The cold just won’t quit. Temperatures plunged into the single digits and teens this morning. It will not be quite as cold tonight, but that is only because another cold front is on the way.  The next few days will be bitterly cold. Ahead of the front, the air gets a little milder (“little” is the key word); we only drop into the mid-20s tonight. Behind that front, it turns colder for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures hover […]

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    Valleywx.com: Arctic Takeover Coming Our Way

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – This first Arctic plunge of 2014 has been impressive, but it gets even colder than this! Huntsville International Airport dropped from a high of 50º at 10 AM to 33º at 3 PM Thursday; we will be in the upper 10s by Friday morning, but this taste of Arctic air is just that – a taste. The real surge of long-lasting cold comes Sunday night into Monday. How cold will it get, and how does it […]

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    Valleywx.com: Significant Severe Weather Threat Developing

    A significant severe weather threat is developing today and tonight to our west, and it will have an impact on the Tennessee Valley, Central Alabama and Middle Tennessee. The wave of severe storms will weaken some late tonight as it moves across Interstate 65, but we all have a risk of high winds and even tornadoes tonight and early Sunday morning. This is a serious event, but it will not impact all of us equally. Tornadoes are a possibility. We […]

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    Valleywx.com: Afternoon Update on Rain, Cold and Snow

    It’s been a very wet, cold day around here! Rainfall totals over the past 24 hours (through 3 PM) look like this: Fischer Crossroads: 3.51″ Henagar: 3.46″ Flat Rock: 3.26″ Buck’s Pocket: 3.08″ Albertville: 3.06″ Aldridge Creek (Huntsville): 2.35″ Lim Rock: 2.23″ Town Creek: 2.11″ Moulton: 1.94″ Russellville: 1.83″ Florence: 1.42″ The latest model guidance confirms what we’ve been expecting all along – a change from light rain to light snow starting around or just after 8 PM (in The […]

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    Valleywx.com: A Cold, Wet Mess Followed by Light Snow

    This is one of those forecasts in which you’ll find the devil in the details! There are some key things to remember up front here: (1) This will not be a major, shut-down winter storm for the Tennessee Valley region. (2) The majority of precipitation will fall as rain tonight through Tuesday evening; some of us will get more than 2 inches of rain. (3) As the rain ends, it will taper off as light snow for a few hours Tuesday […]

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    Football Friday Weather: A Damp Night for Playoff Games

    Tonight will not be a pretty, comfortable night for football like some we have had this Fall; in fact, expect the bleachers to be wet, the grass to be damp, and at least a small chance of some light rain here and there for tonight’s games. So what about the evening? It looks like most of the rain will be south of the Tennessee Valley through the evening, but even that rain will be light. It only takes about a tenth of […]

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    Valleywx.com: Ladybugs, Kudzu Bugs Swarming (Photos Included)

    We’ve had several phone calls, emails and tweets about all the ladybugs swarming around the Valley today. We spoke with Madison County Extension Agent Kenneth Creel, and he told us these little pests are called “Asian Multicolored Ladybugs;” they are swarming because the weather has warmed up from last week’s chill, and they are looking for a place to ride out the winter…indoors. So that’s why we have so many lady bugs all over Creation today! NOTE: Earlier, we identified […]

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    Valleywx.com: Freeze Warning in Effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for much of middle Tennessee and part of north Alabama for tonight & Friday morning. LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-LIMESTONE-MADISON-JACKSON-MOORE-LINCOLN- FRANKLIN TN-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FLORENCE…MUSCLE SHOALS…ATHENS… HUNTSVILLE…SCOTTSBORO…LYNCHBURG…FAYETTEVILLE…WINCHESTER 209 PM CDT THU OCT 24 2013 …FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 9 AM CDT FRIDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 9 AM CDT FRIDAY. * TEMPERATURE…LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S […]

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    Valleywx.com: Wooly Worms & Winter Weather

    Ahhh… the wooly worm. It’s amazing how a creature that is neither “worm” nor “wooly” can have so much to say about our weather! You’ve probably heard the weather lore suggesting that you can tell how severe (harsh) the winter will be by the width of the brown band on the wooly worm.  Both the severity of winter and the width of the band are subjective – open to the interpretation of the person measuring the width or describing the […]