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
  • Wind Damage From Wednesday Night’s Storms – Colder Air Coming

      It was a bumpy Wednesday night across the Tennessee Valley with wind gusts over 40 mph in parts of the Tennessee Valley. Though the storms weren’t ‘severe’, there was enough wind and hail to cause some problems in Madison County. Here is a look at a tree down in Brownsboro off of Wall Road. This photo was sent in by Tina Long Campbell.   Here is what the radar looked like late Wednesday evening. We had confirmed wind gusts […]

  • A success story for Chris Murdock – Wins $319 for his class at Fayetteville High School

    LINCOLN COUNTY, TN. – In the heart of Lincoln County is a teacher who is as comfortable in the classroom as he is on the basketball court. The first winner of Tools for Teacher 2020 is Chris Murdock. Coach Murdock teaches AP history and basketball at Fayetteville High School. His fellow faculty members say he is amazing and engaging. “He does an awesome job. I can’t say enough good things about the man. He is amazing and he takes a […]

  • Quick action outside of Abbie Broam’s classroom wins her $319

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – This Limestone County teacher treats her students like family. Abbie Broam is a third-grade teacher at Creekside Elementry. The school’s Principal says Abbie loves her students and makes her classroom feel very special. “I have an awesome staff. That’s what makes Creekside so special. When you go into her classroom it is a family atmosphere.” said Principal Dana Rhinehart. A parent nominated Mrs. Broam for her excellence inside the classroom but also her quick action outside […]

  • Improving Weather Through the Weekend

        We are almost done with the rain. More is in the forecast this afternoon and evening, but it won’t be as heavy as we saw on Thursday. Most areas saw 2-4″ with some spots getting a little more than that. Here are a few totals through Friday morning:   Here is a look a the improving forecast through Saturday. Rain is still possible, but it will be scattered for the rest of the afternoon into the evening. Any […]

  • Heavy Rain This Afternoon – Small Window For A Strong Storm Or Two

    It’s going to be a rainy afternoon with a chance of a few strong storms for the Tennessee Valley. We’ll have rain the rest of the day, but don’t be surprised if you hear a few rumbles of thunder. Here is a look the futurecast for this evening: 7pm: Rain and heavy storms are possible along and west of I-65. 8pm: Heavy storms move into Madison County south into Morgan County. Some of those could have wind gusts to 40 […]

  • Sunday’s Storms – Mainly A Heavy Rain & Wind Event

    It was an active Sunday afternoon and evening across the Tennessee Valley. Thankfully this time it was just a wind event and heavy rain. There were no tornadoes this time. Average rain totals were 1″-2″ with some areas receiving over 3″. Here is a look at some of the rain totals from Sunday: Winds were also a big player in Sunday’s storms. There was damage in Athens at a gas station and other reports in the Shoals. Officially at Huntsville […]

  • Miss Julie Wins $319 For Pre-K At Hollywood Elementary

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala – Congratulations to Julie Dolberry for winning our Tools For Teachers Award! “She is a go-getter, I mean she is one that every principal would love to have on their staff,” said Principal Michael Wilborn. “She is so outgoing and so caring.” Affectionately called ‘Miss Julie’, Mr. Wilborn loves having her at Hollywood Elementary in Jackson County. “Whatever we have to do to get you to stay because you do such a good job,” said Wilborn. It’s […]

  • Weather Pattern Settles Down – Not Much Rain Ahead

    The National Weather Service will visit three areas today to survey Monday’s storm damage. They will visit Town Creek and Colbert Heights along with other places. We will likely have confirmed tornadoes to add to this map. After an active Monday, the weather pattern settles down in the coming days. Cooler air takes over Tuesday with limited rain chances through the weekend. A cool northwest flow is in the forecast today with steady temperatures in the lower to middle 40s. […]

  • Strong To Severe Storms This Afternoon & Evening

    A complex forecast is shaping up for Monday. Some of the ingredients for strong to severe storms look to come together across the Tennessee Valley, but some ingredients will be limited, meaning there’s still a bit of uncertainty in exactly how strong storms will be. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a large part of the southern U.S. for the potential for severe weather on Monday. Note that the highest risk for severe weather is southwest of us. While we do […]

  • Let the Thaw Begin!

    What a day Tuesday was! We started in the 60s early, but dipped into the 30s by afternoon. Rain changed to snow for most with accumulations as high as 2″. Some parts of the northern Cumberland Plateau saw that along with the higher terrain of Madison County. On the other end, southern parts of Marshall & DeKalb County didn’t get any accumulation. Just a few ice pellets and snow flakes were about it in those locations. Forecasting snow for the […]

  • English Teacher Carla Lawrence wins $319 for her class at Athens Middle School

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala – This Athens Teacher has a passion for teaching that reflects on her students. Carla Lawrence teaches English at Athens Middle School, but that’s not all. She is also in charge of the publication yearbook course. Her fellow faculty members say she is a vital part of the school and a very hard worker.   “We are so proud Mrs. Lawrence is part of our faculty.  She stresses positive relationships. She is a hard worker, she is […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville just posted a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 PM for Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence and Lauderdale Counties. It goes to 1 AM for Franklin TN, Lincoln, Moore, Cullman, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan Counties. As of 7:10 PM, one last band of snow and sleet was moving out of Mississippi into northwestern Alabama.  The additional sleet and snow bring 1/2″ to 1″ of snow on top of what we already have. 7 PM […]

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