Jason Simpson is WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist. He joined our team in January 2012.

Before joining WHNT News 19 in 2012, Jason served as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, working alongside longtime Chief Meteorologist James Spann from 2004 to 2011. He actually began his career while still in college working part-time at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi. After college, he worked at WTOK-TV and ABC 17 (KMIZ) in Columbia, Missouri.

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. He has been awarded Associated Press Best Weathercaster in Alabama, has been nominated for five Emmys and won an Emmy in 2013.
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.

Jason and his wife Lacey have three beautiful children: Walt (born in 2011) and Shelby (born in 2013), and Brody (born in 2015). Brody’s birth changed a lot about Jason and Lacey’s lives; a severe congenital heart defect nearly took his life in the first few hours. Expert hands at Children’s of Alabama saved his life, and the Simpson family along with three other ‘heart families’ from North Alabama now host a fishing tournament in Scottsboro each year to raise money for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama at Children’s of Alabama. Through 2018, they had raised over $400,000 for the heart center.

Jason is also staunch advocate for science education in the classroom, Jason was 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. He also does numerous school visits and conducts homeschooling class sessions throughout the year.

Recent Articles
  • Rare *HIGH RISK* For Severe Weather For Texas & Oklahoma Today

    While we in the Tennessee Valley get ready for high heat and lower rain chances, people in Texas and Oklahoma prepare for an active severe weather day. The Storm Prediction Center has a rare *HIGH RISK* for severe thunderstorms for Monday. It includes places like Oklahoma City along I-40 to south of the Red River into Texas. Several large, violent tornadoes are expected later this afternoon and this evening.   Here is the text for the Storm Prediction Center: Day […]

  • A few heavy storms expected this weekend

    Hot enough yet? This is just the beginning of the longest season of the year weather-wise; summer doesn’t technically begin until June 21st, but the weather already feels like it! With that heat comes the daily chance of downpours: isolated, seemingly random thunderstorms that develop, occasionally get strong quickly, then dissipate before moving more than 10-20 miles. Saturday looks hot and mostly dry: highs near 90ºF, a heat index between 91ºF and 96ºF, and a slim chance of some brief […]

  • Heat…..Storms……Then More Heat Over the Next Seven Days!

    Summer is still over a month away, but we get multiple tastes of it over the next seven days with strong thunderstorms in between! For Friday afternoon, highs reach the upper 80s to near 90. It will be even hotter on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy it because strong storms are likely by Sunday. More high schools celebrate graduations this evening. Rain chances are 10% or less this evening. Here is the list for your Friday celebrations. For the complete list, click […]

  • Isolated storms, hot days, and muggy nights ahead!

    We are thirty-five days from the official start of Summer (solstice on June 21st), but the weather is already setting up that standard summertime feel! Expect warmer nights, hotter days, higher humidity, and an almost daily chance of some spotty showers and storms. Some days offer a better chance than others, but none of them look like all-day rain-outs in the near future. Any isolated Thursday evening showers and storms fade away by 10 PM, but the warm, muggy air […]

  • A summer-like pattern means a daily chance of some downpours

    Showers won’t be as widespread on Thursday, but a few hit-or-miss, isolated showers or a brief thunderstorm are possible Thursday afternoon and evening in the hotter, muggier air. Expect highs in the lower 80s Thursday and middle to upper 80s by the weekend; higher humidity makes it feel a little more uncomfortable as the heat builds. Making sense of the rain chances: The rain chance you see presented in our forecast is a chance of at least a specific amount […]

  • A chill in the air tonight, but summer-like heat and humidity surge soon!

    Cooler, drier air means a reprieve from the heat and humidity for now! Tonight, Tuesday, and Tuesday night look fantastic: dry, comfortably cool overnight, and pleasantly warm in the daytime. It gets cool tonight! Expect some 40s in the cool spots and low-50s in the middle of town for morning lows on Tuesday. We’ll get one more stunning May day: highs in the 70s with a light north-northeast wind and practically full sunshine the whole way. Humidity begins creeping upward […]

  • Showers & Storms Linger Sunday Morning

    Multiple rounds of heavy rain and storms move through during this weekend, with a few strong storms possible. The risk of storms becoming severe has largely shifted away from the Tennessee Valley and to the east, as you can see reflected in the Storm Prediction Center’s outlook for Sunday: A low-risk environment doesn’t mean we will totally escape without a few high wind gusts, but it does mean your odds are very low of being impacted by a strong thunderstorm. […]

  • More rain, more storms likely through the weekend

    Thursday’s storms dumped a load of rain and produced some strong winds: including at least one confirmed tornado near the State Line community on the Madison-Lincoln County line. We’ve got more rain and storms on the way for Friday…and Saturday…and Sunday.  In all, we expect as much as 2″ to 4″ of additional rainfall through the weekend. Friday’s storms don’t look quite as intense as what blew through on Thursday, but there almost always exists a slim chance of a severe […]

  • Stormy Weather Ahead: when to expect rain and a few strong storms on Thursday

    A wave of showers and strong storms is currently moving through the Tennessee Valley and the Storm Prediction Center maintains a SLIGHT risk of severe storms for North Alabama and South Tennessee. (MORE: Watch Live Storm Coverage) The most likely threat from storms today will be heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH.  There is low chance (but not zero) that a storm could spin up a brief tornado; however, the kind of atmosphere we have (relatively low […]

  • First raindrops of the week arrive by Wednesday night, but heavy storms hold off until Thursday

    Rain chances rising: Wednesday brings a slim chance of a few widely scattered afternoon and evening showers (isolated storms possible, just not very likely). The rain chance? Only 20% for Wednesday. It climbs to 70% on Thursday and 60% on Friday. A wave of showers and storms moves into Northwest Alabama Thursday afternoon around 1-2 PM. Those storms bring heavy rain, gusty winds (possibly over 50 MPH), and some potential for hail as they cross North Alabama and Southern Tennessee […]

  • Severe weather season doesn’t ‘end’ – it just changes through May and June

    We are still near ‘peak’ of tornado season in North Alabama and Middle Tennessee; the odds of tornado outbreak decrease significantly around here between May 6th and May 27th. Notice the wording there: ‘tornado outbreaks. Alabama and Tennessee can have tornadoes at any time of year; but we are starting to shift focus away from powerful, dynamic storm systems that spin up multiple tornadoes in single day (days like April 18th in Mississippi with 44 total tracks) to organized areas […]

  • Cool clouds ahead of some summer-like storms in a summer-like pattern!

    This is the time of year that some neat things happen in the sky as clouds interact with sunlight!  High thin cirrus, altocumulus and daytime heating-driven, puffy, white cumulus clouds made for a cool scene over DeKalb County Wednesday afternoon.  This is a ‘fire rainbow’ (or the scientific name: circumhorizon arc – here’s one from a year ago on WHNT.com) @simpsonwhnt @ChristinaWHNTwx @BenSmith_WHNT @whnt Check out this sun dog!! It was stretching across the sky in a streak…my son Hank caught […]

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