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

Raised in Holly Pond, Jason is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Prior to joining WHNT News 19, he served as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, working alongside longtime Chief Meteorologist James Spann from 2004 to 2011. Simpson actually began his career while still in college, interning at ABC 33/40 as well. After college, he worked at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi, where he was Chief Meteorologist.

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.

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.

A staunch advocate for science education in the classroom, Jason has been 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.

Jason and his wife Lacey have two beautiful children: Walt (born in 2011) and Shelby (born in 2013).


Recent Articles
  • Before you can think about SNOW, you have to think about the RAIN!

    Friday’s rain and clouds kept it cool; we’ve got more of that coming for Saturday and Sunday. It’s going to be very, very wet in Alabama and Southern Tennessee Saturday on the ‘warmer’ side of a developing storm system. Steady rain moves in Friday evening and sticks around ALL DAY Saturday: getting heavier and more widespread by the hour. There may be some brief periods of sleet and snow mixed with the rain over northwestern Alabama and Tennessee, but the […]

  • Rain is sure, snow is possible, and it’s going to be cold!

    Is it going to snow or not? The short answer is ‘yes, it probably will snow a little.’ The long answer? It’s more complicated than a simple yes or no because there are some margin-of-error ideas in the model guidance that are on the borderline between some decent snow and sleet and nothing but rain. That borderline battle between the wet vs. frozen precipitation stays close by all weekend long; most of the time, we expect North Alabama to be […]

  • Wet weather is sure, wintry weather is CLOSE!

    The ‘warm-up’ we see coming for Thursday and Friday is less ‘warm’ and more ‘less cold.’ Temperatures rise into the 45-50ºF range Thursday afternoon; clouds thicken in the afternoon, and those clouds will keep us from a third-straight freeze Thursday night. Clouds get even thicker Friday, and while some spotty showers could develop early in the day, the best chance of rain Friday comes late – after 7 PM through the nighttime hours. Saturday looks like a soaking wet, cold […]

  • Cold, rainy weather ahead, and snow is still on the table!

    It’s dry and cold in the short-term, but there are some changes afoot in this fast-paced December weather pattern! Clouds thicken again Thursday and Friday, and some showers develop late Friday evening. By the time the rain gets here, temperatures will be high enough to prevent any wintry weather, but it will be wet! Steady, soaking rain begins Saturday morning and lasts all day long. That’s right: ALL. DAY. LONG. Rain on Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday likely adds up […]

  • Cold here to stay for a while, but will it bring snow?

    The average daily temperatures this time of year run about 56ºF for a high and 36ºF for a low. There’s some ‘range’ built into those numbers, though: about 10ºF either side of the average is considered ‘normal’ December weather. In other words, a high of 46ºF and a low of 26ºF is just as typical as a high of 66ºF and a low of 46ºF because December is a highly-variable month weather-wise. We don’t see that kind of range for […]

  • Stormy Setup for Saturday: what to expect from weekend storms

    Widespread, soaking rain fell over the Tennessee Valley early this morning, but that first wave of rain has already thinned out. Now we’re left with cloudy skies, hit-or-miss showers, and a breezy south wind for the rest of the day. While we do not expect anymore widespread rain, we will still get isolated showers and a few storms. Should a hand full of storms develop in the afternoon, a few of them could turn severe in the expected environment. We […]

  • Showers Thursday and Friday then some storms are possible Saturday

    Nearly twelve degrees: that’s how far below average we’ve been since Monday. This kind of cold is not totally in left field for November, but it is not all that common (roughly 2 or 3 times per decade). A warming trend began Wednesday afternoon, but you’ll notice the chill wearing off a little more each day through the weekend until we’re close to 70ºF on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday and Friday will feature more clouds than sunshine, so the warm-up […]

  • Quick Warming Trend: from frigid to balmy with a threat of some storms this weekend

    We quickly go from the cold-and-dry to the warm-and-humid by the end of the week. That warm-up begins Wednesday as temperatures gradually recover into the mid-40s under a sunny sky; we get to the 50s Thursday and 60s on Friday. That warming trend brings in a chance of some showery weather for the end of the week, but our best chance of rain and some heavy thunderstorms comes Saturday. Warm, stormy weekend: Fast-paced weather patterns like this will always feature some […]

  • Fast-paced weather brings the cold and then a threat of storms

    A strong, dynamic fall storm system crosses the southern half of the nation late this week and ends up in Alabama and Tennessee on Saturday. Ahead of it, the weather warms dramatically: highs in the mid-60s Friday and close to 70ºF on Saturday. Think about that: 40ºF for a high on Tuesday, near 70ºF on Saturday. That kind of warm-up destabilizes the atmosphere quickly Saturday morning, and that could lead to some severe storms in the region. Timing and intensity are […]

  • Wet start to the weekend, but it won’t be raining the whole time!

    A cloudy, breezy Friday turns into a cool, wet, breezy Friday night. Some locally-heavy downpours move into Alabama from the evening into the overnight; however, total rainfall through early Saturday morning likely stays below one inch in most communities: generally 1/4” to 1/2” of rain tonight. Showers move out early Saturday morning, but the clouds stick around for most of the day. Expect temperatures to slowly warm from the upper 40s and lower 50s at sunrise to near 60ºF by […]

  • When is it too soon to start talking about snow?

    For some, it’s never too early to think about bread-and-milk weather; for others, the mention of snow is about as offensive as insulting their mother. But, yes, there is a point where it’s too early to be specific about snow. That time is now: when it’s not really a part of the forecast. What about the trends, odds, or wild guesses for the next few weeks or on through the winter season? As long as you understand that long-range ideas […]

  • Quiet for a few days, but November’s fast-paced weather kicks in again soon

    Quiet weather means it stays cool and dry through Thanksgiving Day. Look for fair weather on Wednesday: highs in the 40s/lower 50s with some sunshine. Clouds thicken some on Thanksgiving Day, but any rain in Alabama stays well south of the Birmingham area nearer the Gulf Coast than the Tennessee Valley. Daytime highs still manage to get to the upper 50s on Thursday afternoon even with limited sunshine. Black Friday: Wet Friday and weekend? That ‘quiet’ pattern ahead of Thanksgiving […]