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
  • ‘Humberto’ on board in the Atlantic and could be a hurricane by Monday

    Tropical Storm Humberto officially formed just before 10 PM CDT on Friday, and although it’s close, we don’t expect this to be a direct threat to the United States. Whether or not any rain bands impact the coastline remains to be seen — be sure to monitor future weather updates if travel plans take you to the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Looking for the rest of the forecast here at home? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in […]

  • Storm near the East Coast, dry and hot around here!

    Fourteen days in a row: that’s how many consecutive 90-degree days we’ve had in Huntsville since the last day of August. Huntsville International did one even better, though, crossing over the 100ºF mark at 2:05 PM Friday for the second 100-degree day of the year. Earlier this week we thought there would be a decent chance that moisture from Tropical Depression Nine (soon to be Tropical Storm Humberto) would enhance our chance of daily showers and storms and bring down […]

  • Our next ‘good’ chance of rain may come from this disturbance in the Bahamas

    There’s not a lot of change in the weather for the weekend; however, we are watching an ‘area of interest’ in the Bahamas that has a medium (60%) chance of becoming an organized tropical cyclone through the next five days.  It’s target area for development would be the northern Gulf of Mexico. Whether it becomes a depression, storm, hurricane or just remains a disorganized ‘blob’ of clouds and thunderstorms, it will meander north into Alabama and Mississippi Sunday and Monday raising […]

  • Spots on the map? There’s at least a *chance* you’ll get some rain!

    Thirteen days and not a drop of rain. The last time it rained enough to count at Huntsville International (the official reporting station for Huntsville), we measured 0.05 inches. (We’ve only had 1.05” in the past 30 days.) The ‘chance’ of some showers and thunderstorms increases to the ‘possible but not likely’ range on Tuesday, Wednesday and for the rest of the week. That means we expect a few storms in the area; however, the odds of that rain falling […]

  • Serious September heat and some spotty, heavy storms next week

    It’s dry. It’s hot. Carry on. Saturday and Sunday bring even hotter weather; it’s hard to get much drier than it is right now, though! Huntsville International has not had measurable rain in ten days. The weekend makes it twelve with no rain expected for either Saturday or Sunday. It will be breezy at times Saturday with a north-northwest wind up to 20 miles per hour. That breeze makes it dry, but it certainly won’t be bringing any cool weather […]

  • Seventy-two days in the 90s and we’re not finished yet!

    It has not rained at Huntsville International in eight days, and we likely have at least a week to ten days before any rain of significance (or enough to cover the area well) is in the forecast.  That’s one reason it has gotten so hot lately! We’ve only had four days of measurable rainfall since August 15. 98ºF on September 4     (9ºF above average) 95ºF on September 3     (6ºF above average) 96ºF on September 2     (7ºF above […]

  • NASA: Dorian’s rainfall measured in billions of gallons

    Hurricanes have a mission: to take hot, moisture-loaded (we call it ‘humid’) air north from the tropics toward the poles.  Dorian has been a failure at that mission so far because the storm has taken the steamy tropical air borne over bath-water-warm ocean and converted it to rain over the same ocean. Dorian barely moved for 30 hours between Sunday and Monday.  In that time, NASA’s IMERG measured incredible rainfall over the Bahamas underneath the storms’ core around Abaco and Grand Bahama […]

  • Lines in the Sky: what was that strange scene at sunset Monday?

    Several photos of the lines across North Alabama’s sky came into WHNT News 19 on Monday evening asking “what in the world is this?!?” It’s simple: a cloud shadow. We’re able to see about 6 miles of sky from horizon to horizon (from ground level), so what Beverly Mishue and Laura Hodge saw in these photos was the shadow cast from a distant, tall cumulus cloud (likely one more than 60-70 miles away from their vantage point): Don’t believe 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 […]

  • Where’s the Rain? The year started wet, but it’s been dry lately!

    September begins as August ended: hot and dry. As hot as August was, though, the average daily temperature ended up 0.1ºF below average: in spite of having the first 100-degree day in Huntsville since 2016! There’s a chance we could come near 100ºF again in the next 10 days.  See the Forecast Discussion on WHNT.com for more on the building heat! The dryness is showing, and the drought is slowly expanding and getting worse. Unfortunately, there’s no good news in […]

  • Major Hurricane Dorian moving west, will impact the Atlantic Coast Labor Day weekend

    Hurricane Dorian is the season’s first Category Four storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The National Hurricane Center’s track and stats are updated instantly here anytime there is a change in strength or forecast: Unfortunately, Hurricane Dorian is showing a formidable structure: It is nearly symmetrical, with a tight/compact central dense overcast (bright colors on the satellite image) and well defined eye. When we look at a hurricane like this, it’s striking how beautiful the structure is — but it’s eery […]

  • Friday Evening Update: Dorian now a “major” Category 4 hurricane, will impact Florida this weekend

    Hurricane Dorian is the season’s first Category Four storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.  As of 10 PM Friday, the wind was up to 140 MPH and the pressure down to 948 millibars: that’s a 29 millibar drop in 24 hours – the very definition of rapid intensification.  The National Hurricane Center’s track and stats are updated instantly here anytime there is a change in strength or forecast: If you are traveling to Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas for Labor Day […]

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