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
  • Dense Fog Likely: Monday night into Tuesday morning

    Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 9 AM Tuesday… From NWS Huntsville: …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY… The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CST Tuesday. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…Until 9 AM CST Tuesday morning, including all of northern Alabama, as well as Lincoln, Moore, and Franklin counties in southern middle Tennessee. * VISIBILITY…Areas of dense fog have developed with visibilities of […]

  • Weather Whiplash: severe storms to snow?

    While most of the rain missed us today, we see a lot of it coming this week: as much as 3” to 5” (and in a few spots even more than that) through Friday. There are two primary risks of severe storms this week. The Storm Prediction Center already posted a ‘Marginal’ Risk of severe storms for Wednesday. An deep area of low pressure developing over Mississippi Tuesday night moves northeast through the region early Wednesday; a surge of warm, […]

  • Rain likely by Sunday, and some interesting times ahead by Christmas!

    It’s been cold today! Temperatures hovered in the 30s almost all day, and we’ll get another freeze tonight. Expect lows in the mid-20s with a mostly clear sky overnight; that means frost is likely Saturday morning. Saturday starts cold but ends up substantially milder than Friday! Daytime highs touch the mid-50s with a lot of sunshine. Looking for some rain? It’s coming for most of North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee, but some get more than others in this very […]

  • December’s ups and downs: colder Friday, warmer next week, and then some interesting times around Christmas

    December’s chill deepens Friday, rain is likely by Sunday Cold mornings and chilly afternoons: that’s what December looks like more often than not!  Another push of colder air tonight keeps more of the same coming.  Expect a low tonight in the upper 20s and lower 30s; Friday’s daytime highs touch the lower and middle 40s under a partly sunny sky with a brisk northwest wind making it feel colder than it looks! Friday’s ‘feels like’ temperatures only rise into the […]

  • Looking Long-Range: interesting times in the weather ahead for Christmas!

    The past eight days averaged about 5.6ºF below average for December: cold but not brutally cold. The next seven look to be slightly above average (a degree or two on the whole), so temperatures are rising without making the weather all that ‘warm’ for this time of year. Expect a rebound to highs in the 55ºF to 60ºF range for most of next week; there’s an outside chance we may push 70ºF late in the week if we can get […]

  • Hard Freeze: 20s Wednesday morning, chilly breeze Wednesday afternoon

    Dropping to the 20s tonight, but some 60s are possible soon! Expect a hard freeze tonight: 10 to 12 hours below freezing and lows as cold as the lower 20s in Tennessee and some of the usual cold spots of North Alabama. Wednesday shapes up cool and dry: highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with a light wind and full sunshine. The wind turns around to the southwest Wednesday and gusts over 20 miles per hour from time […]

  • Nelson Elementary Third Grade Kidcam!

    They were disappointed that it didn’t snow, but these Third Graders looked right past last week’s near-miss in Jackson County and showed me just how much they know about science on Monday morning. Color me seriously impressed by the knowledge these Nelson Elementary students bring to the table; it was really hard to stump them with my bag of tricks! Tornadoes? They’ve got that down. Reasons why weather happens? Nailed it. When asked why we have storms in the first […]

  • What you need to know about Friday’s Alabama snow!

    Snow is the buzz word right now, but most of North Alabama and Tennessee won’t have to worry much about it.  The greater threat of snow on Friday actually comes well south of us across Central and southwestern Alabama, southern Mississippi and west-central Georgia. Some of the higher terrain of eastern Alabama could pick up more than one inch of snow; there’s even a chance of some minor 1/2″ to 1″ accumulations occur on Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain based […]

  • Where’s the Snow? Two near-misses with wintry weather this week

    Model madness season began a week ago, and it’s still going strong.  The ‘models’ get more attention than the forecast these days, but what do you do with what you see there? (1) Models are single-guess snapshots of the weather at a moment in the future.  If you are only seeing one picture, in some instances, that’s about 1/50th of the data available to make a good forecast. (2) Models are fun, they spread like wildfire on social media, and […]

  • One Hundred Percent: rain is coming, and so is the colder weather

    Tuesday is a soaker, then it gets colder One hundred percent chance: it’s finally going to rain Tuesday, and it’s going to rain a lot. A strong cold front moving into the region keeps the breeze blowing this evening and tonight; that keeps the temperature up well above December’s normal chill! Expect lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s with scattered showers developing overnight. Heavier rain moves in Tuesday morning as early as sunrise in The Shoals, mid-morning in […]

  • Finally Some Rain! Showers move in by Thursday, but where’s the cold weather?

    Fifth-driest November on record so far, some rain still possible this week The driest November since 1965 keeps rolling along in the dust; the monthly rainfall deficit hit a whopping -3.70″ Tuesday, but there is at least a little rain in sight!  We stay dry tonight and most of Wednesday; it won’t be as cold tonight as lows only drop to the upper 30s and lower 40s.  It gets warmer again Wednesday!  Expect a high in the upper 60s in […]

  • Where’s our rain? And when does it get cold?

    This dry November may not be ‘unprecedented,’ but it’s definitely unusual. Most of us stay bone dry for another two days before the next chance of rain; even then, the odds of a true November-style soaking are so low you could step over them. Expect another chilly night with some scattered frost: lows 35ºF (cold spots) to near 40ºF in the middle of town. Tuesday shapes up as another dry, pleasant day! Look for sunshine, a stiffer southeast breeze, and […]