School Delays across the Tennessee Valley

Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • YOUR PHOTOS: Wintry mix glazes Tennessee Valley Tuesday morning

      Here are some more viewer photos: Viewers across the Tennessee Valley needed the ice scrapers Tuesday morning – sleet fell and froze to cars and decks overnight. Did you need the scrapers Tuesday morning? Send us pictures on Facebook, Twitter, through our apps, or email them to us at photo@whnt.com.

  • Wintry Mix Moving Out – Windy & Very Cold Tuesday

        The wintry mix is moving out of the Tennessee Valley early this morning. No travel issues are in the forecast for the morning commute.  Only a few slick spots on bridges and overpasses. The story today is the wind and cold air taking over the Tennessee Valley. Here is a look at the school delays for this morning! Temperatures will be steady if not fall most of the day Tuesday. Here is a *WIND ADVISORY* up until noon […]

  • Multiple students nominate Barresa Adams to win $319 for her class at Albertville High School

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – This tech-savvy teacher shows her students the path to success. Barresa Adams teaches IT at Albertville High School in Marshall County. Fellow faculty members say she has a great bond with her students. “Her success in the classroom comes from her relationships with students,” said Principal Dr. Deidra Robinson. The principal says she is great with technology and helps the students utilize it for the better. “She teaches mostly IT classes. She is very tech-savvy, wonderful […]

  • Up & Down Temperatures – Some Rain This Week

    What a crazy start to October with record high temperatures. The start of November went to the other way including multiple mornings with a frost/freeze!   After a chilly weekend, temperatures respond Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs reach the middle 60s Tuesday with highs around 70 Wednesday.  Enjoy the mild air because colder temperatures return Friday and then again next week. It’s one of those forecasts where we just have to pay attention over the next seven days to those up […]

  • Frosty Start To Friday!

    It was a very cold start to the month of November. After early highs in the lower 70s with rainy conditions Thursday, we flipped the switch Friday. It’s now dry and cold across the Tennessee Valley. Here is a look at Friday morning’s lows: Here are a few more locations: Meridianville: 29° Courtland: 29° Winchester: 30° Crossville: 31° Muscle Shoals: 32° Valley Head: 32° Lower 30s are typical for late December into January for us in the Tennessee Valley. Look […]

  • Halloween Morning: Warm Air, Wind, Rain, & Now Colder Temperatures

    What a crazy start your Halloween! We woke up to rain and milder temperatures. Everyone started in the lower 70s, but that changed in a hurry. We dropped several degrees in just a few minutes with a strong cold front moving through. On television this morning, it was 58° at Huntsville International, while we were still at 68° in downtown Huntsville.  Look at the temperature change from 5am to 9am! That’s right we dropped 26° in four hours! Winds were […]

  • Drought Monitor Update: Big Improvement With Recent Rain!

    No more *extreme* drought across the Tennessee Valley. Last week’s rain improved drought numbers this week. Huntsville International had over two inches of rain with some parts of the area receiving over three inches. Here is a look at the number drought outlook valid October 31, 2019:   Most areas west of I-65 are no longer seeing drought conditions. The *severe drought* is now out of Madison County and Jackson/DeKalb Counties is in the clear of *extreme* conditions. Here is […]

  • Caldwell Elementary’s Bandy Staton goes above and beyond for her students

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – There’s one teacher at Caldwell Elementary School in Scottsboro who goes above and beyond. Principal Corky Hood said Bandy Staton fits the mold. “Mrs. Staton loves her students. She is very much engaged in what they are doing every day,” she said. Staton teaches first grade and she said it’s all about the students. “You come in and the kids are excited to be here and they are excited about learning,” said Staton. “We have fun while […]

  • Strong Storms Possible Wednesday – Unsettled Into Halloween

    After months of limited rain chances, we get another round of showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday. Expect rain and storms for the early commute Wednesday especially west of I-65. Stormy weather moves east through the late morning and afternoon Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has the Tennessee Valley under a *MARGINAL RISK* for severe storms Wednesday. Here is a look at the futurecast for Wednesday. 7am: Showers and storms move into northwest Alabama. These could be heavy with gusty […]

  • Strong Storms Are Possible Saturday Afternoon

    A line of strong to severe storms will move into north Alabama Saturday ahead of a cold front that is interacting with the remnants of a tropical system. This line of storms may be capable of producing some severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center notes that portions of North Alabama is in the (Level 1) ‘Marginal Risk.’ The main threat these storms will pose is strong straight line winds, although we can’t rule out some isolated flash flooding or a […]

  • Tropical Depression #17 Forms In the Gulf of Mexico

    We have another tropical depression. This one is in the western Gulf of Mexico. It’s forecast to move northeast tonight into the weekend just west of the Tennessee Valley.  It could become Tropical Storm Olga later today. The system will get absorbed along a cold front over the next couple of days. Regardless of development, it will enhance rain chances across the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys through Saturday. That moisture moves north across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes by […]

  • Drought Monitor Update: Very Little Change – Small Break Over Northeast Alabama

    The drought monitor is almost the same as last week. There is only a small portion of Jackson County that is now *severe* opposed to *extreme*. The 1/2 to an inch of rain we received helped some, but not much. Here is the new outlook valid October 24: Here is a look at last week’s outlook. You can see how basically all of Jackson County is *extreme*. Here they are side by side: I have highlighted October 19 and October […]

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