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
  • Hazlewood’s Mrs. Boling-Davis wins $319 for her classroom

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – This Town Creek teacher holds her students accountable to ensure success! Mrs. Boling-Davis teaches 3rd grade at Hazlewood Elementary in Town Creek. The principal describes Mrs. Boling-Davis as very involved with her students work. “She is very explicit with her students. She is very interactive with her students,” said Principal Patrick Mullins. He says she teaches her students to her best ability. “She walks around making sure they are doing things correctly and if they are not, […]

  • Dry September – How Is Your Lawn Doing?

    There is so much talking about the lack of rain across the Tennessee Valley, but how is your lawn doing? Soil moisture is very important when it comes to a healthy lawn.  In terms of that moisture, there just isn’t that much. How is soil moisture calculated and what does it mean to us? This is from the Alabama State Climatologist website showing soil moisture or a lack there of across the state. This map is the soil moisture index. […]

  • Art teacher Jennie Roles-Walter wins $319 for her classroom

    LINCOLN COUNTY, TN – This Tennessee Valley teacher treats every day in the classroom like its a work of art. Say ‘hi’ to Jennie Roles-Walter, she teaches Art at Lincoln County High School. Her fellow faculty members say she does an excellent job and is from the area.  “She was born and raised in Fayetteville. She has lived here all her entire life. She has a very good reputation and does a tremendous job,” said Assistant Principal Jeff Bell. Jennie […]

  • ‘Humberto’ strengthens to hurricane status, will continue to swirl off the Atlantic shore

    Tropical Storm Humberto officially formed just before 10 PM CDT on Friday, and on Sunday night, it strengthened into a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Hurricane Humberto will continue to swirl just offshore from the Atlantic coast of Florida and the Carolinas. Swells from Humberto may cause dangerous rip currents along the Florida to Carolina beaches; a few rain bands may also swipe the East Coast. If travel plans take you to the Atlantic Coast […]

  • Robin Word wins $319 for classroom at Priceville Junior High

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala – A teacher in Priceville likes to show her students the wild side of science. That’s Agri-science teacher, Robin Word. She teaches at Priceville Junior High School. Her peers say her teaching style is exactly what the school needs. “She just helps to build that morale and that culture of grit and learning that we are looking for,” said Principal Ashley McColloch. The principal says Robin unlocks student’s potential by helping them find their niche. “She is […]

  • Brittany Leathers wins $319 for her classroom at New Bethel Elementary

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Tuscumbia is home to a teacher who is nothing short of super! That teacher is Brittany Leathers. She teaches first grade at New Bethel Elementary and is the recipient of $319 for this week’s Tools for Teacher. A grandparent nominated Mrs. Leathers for the award. “She brings a lot of energy,”  said Principal Nathan Fuller. Mrs. Leathers continues the tradition of excellence at New Bethel that extends back over a century.   The principal says that […]

  • Dorian Is a Category 3 This Morning – Creeping Northwest

    10am update has winds at 110 mph. Dorian slowly moves northwest at 2 mph. Dorian is off his ‘peak’ intensity as one of the strongest storms in Atlantic Basin recorded history, but the storm is still a violent, destructive and life-threatening situation in the Bahamas that will impact Florida’s Atlantic Coast significantly whether it actually makes a ‘landfall’ or not. 1100 AM EDT Tue Sep 03 2019 ...DORIAN FINALLY MOVING NORTHWESTWARD AND GROWING IN SIZE... ...DANGEROUS WINDS AND LIFE-THREATENING STORM […]

  • Sergeant Keith Lewis wins $319 for the JROTC program at Buckhorn High School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Commitment, discipline, and productivity are traits this week’s Tools For Teachers winner looks to instill in his students. This week’s winner is Sergeant Keith Lewis, He is the leader of the Junior ROTC program at Buckhorn High School in New Market. Sergeant Lewis and Lt. Colonel Dominic Stewart run the JROTC program together and are proud of their cadets. Lt. Colonel Stewart say he enjoys working with Sgt. Lewis. “Working with Sgt. Lewis is a great […]

  • Handwritten letter wins $319 for Plainview Elementary’s Summer Lingerfelt

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A sweet note prompted this Tools for Teacher nomination. Who wrote in? A now second-grader, Lilly Guthrie, who thinks her teacher is the nicest teacher she’s ever met. Lilly nominated Summer Lingerfelt to win $319 for her classroom. Lilly is one of Lingerfelt’s former students. Summer Lingerfelt teaches first grade at Plainview Elementary School in Rainsville. “I am overwhelmed that someone wrote such a sweet letter. I had no idea I had that kind of impact […]

  • A Hint Of Fall Wednesday Morning

    I hope you enjoyed your ride into work Wednesday morning! It felt like late September across the Tennessee Valley as several spots dipped into the middle to upper 50s. We missed the record by one degree in Huntsville. The record was 58°F (1927).   This is a nice break from the rainy, wet July we’ve had. Wednesday will only be the seventh dry day of the month with almost 3.5″ of rain officially at Huntsville International Airport. Some parts of […]

  • Post-landfall Barry producing heavy rainfall over Louisiana, Mississippi

    Barry strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning around 10AM, then weakened back to tropical storm status quickly after making landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana just before 1PM Saturday afternoon. Although Barry was only a hurricane for a few hours, it was still the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season. You can see the latest track the moment it is updated by the National Hurricane Center, see satellite and radar imagery of the developing storm, and keep an […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm WATCH in effect through Thursday morning; strong to severe storms may produce damaging winds overnight, early Thursday

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for much of north Alabama and south Tennessee. The “Watch” means that weather conditions are favorable for severe storms to occur — in this case, storms that are strong enough to produce damaging wind gusts that could knock down trees and power lines. The Storm Prediction Center has much of the region under a *MARGINAL RISK* of severe thunderstorms overnight through early Thursday morning. The main threat will be damaging winds.   Here […]

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