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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
  • Winter is over, or is it?

    Huntsville recorded 81 hours of subfreezing temperatures in an 82-hour period from 11 PM Thursday (Jan. 5) to 9 AM Monday (Jan. 9).  Wind chills were near zero, actual air temperatures fell into the 0s and 10s, and we had a little snow in the higher terrain. Is that it? Usually when the January thaw sets in, we hear the drumbeat of ‘winter is over.’  Well, the thaw is here, and it’s going to last a while.  In fact, it […]

  • NWS Huntsville: NOAA Weather Radio transmitter in Huntsville back online as of Wednesday morning

    UPDATE: 12:26 PM Wednesday (1/4/2017) The phone line to the Monte Sano transmitter has been repaired and NOAA Weather Radio service is active again via KIH-20 (162.400). Residents of Madison, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone, Lawrence, Lincoln and Giles Counties that usually rely on ‘channel 1’ on the NOAA Weather Radio should be able to receive the signal again. (Information from the outage is below)   Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 1124 AM CST Mon Jan […]

  • Stormy Monday: heavy rain and some severe storms possible through tonight

    The Storm Prediction Center updated the severe weather outlook Monday morning to reflect the ‘greatest’ severe weather threat remaining south of the Tennessee Valley; it does not clear us of any risk at all, though.  The dark green area (marginal) represents the lower risk area; the yellow and orange represent a bigger threat from severe storms. The difference between no real threat and a chance of active storms for the Tennessee Valley hinges on how unstable the atmosphere can get this […]

  • Wet then Warm: feeling more like Florida in the Tennessee Valley for Christmas

    The chill of December is gone for now. Temperatures fell into the 20s and 30s Friday morning, but a warming southerly wind brings in a whopper of a weather change for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That breeze will be a little chilly this evening as temperatures fluctuate between the mid-40s and lower 50s before 10 PM, but we see steady or slowly rising temps overnight as clouds move in and rain gets started. Understanding the chance of rain is […]

  • Tenth tornado track found in Jackson County from November 29-30th storms

    The National Weather Service in conjunction with a team from UAH found another tornado track from late November storms. The final tally is ten tornadoes from the event that began November 29th and lasted into the early morning hours of November 30th. Information on the other nine tornadoes is here on This one took a while to confirm because the damage primarily occurred in a rural area affecting mainly trees, and the track was a short one: only about 2-1/3 […]

  • Frosty Friday morning, rainy and warmer for Christmas Eve

    The same breeze that added a slight chill to the air on a beautiful sunny Thursday afternoon tumbles temperatures into the thirties tonight. Scattered frost becomes likely after midnight as the thermometer drops to the 30-35ºF range by sunrise. In spite of a cold start, Friday looks nice early on! We start in the 30s and quickly warm to near 60ºF with a southeast wind and gradually-increasing clouds. The breeze may peak close to 20 mph by mid-afternoon, and that […]

  • A big warm-up and some heavy rain leading up to Christmas Day

    It’s not as cold, but it still gets chilly tonight: a light south wind, a fair sky, and temperatures falling from the mid-40s at 10 PM to near 40ºF by sunrise Thursday. A passing cool front tonight won’t bring rain, but it will keep temperatures a tad lower Thursday afternoon with a north wind: highs around 52-57ºF. Rain is on the way by Friday night, and the Christmas weekend gets off to a rather wet start on Saturday. Looking toward […]

  • Freezing Fog Advisory Tuesday night into Wednesday morning

    Cold air in place and fog developing tonight and Wednesday morning gives us some concern that some hazardous travel could develop due to freezing fog.  Freezing fog is fog that develops when temperatures are at or below 32ºF, and it freezes to any surface that the tiny water droplets come in contact with: most impact to cars, trees, and elevated surfaces.  Roads can become slick, so be aware that anything that looks like it’s wet could be icy overnight. URGENT – WEATHER […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]