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
  • Weekend weather looking quiet, dry and cool!

    The sky gradually clears Friday night leaving it cold and dry! Temperatures slide to the low-30s by sunrise on Saturday. The weekend looks great! Expect cold mornings and cool, dry, quiet afternoons: not much breeze, no chance of rain, passing clouds but still plenty of sunshine. It gets frosty both Saturday and Sunday mornings, but temperatures climb toward the middle and upper 50s in the afternoons: still a bit below average in a so-far very cold November! How cold has […]

  • Rain and Sleet: no major impact Thursday night

    Clouds and a few light, patchy areas of rain and sleet are possible this evening, tonight and Friday: mainly southeast of Huntsville and Decatur into the higher terrain of East and Northeast Alabama.  It’s possible that a brief shower or rain, sleet or a mix could develop northwest of this highlighted zone; it’s just not extremely likely (or impactful). Those showers move out Friday afternoon leaving us cool, dry and calm. Temperatures stay below the seasonal average; however, we will […]

  • Will Winter remember November?

    There’s an old saying I’ve heard over the years: ‘what happens in November, the winter will remember!”  It’s like most weather lore sayings having a grain of truth somewhere in there, but it doesn’t always work. November so far in the Huntsville area has been cold.  In fact, November’s average temperature is only 45.8ºF: nearly ten degrees below the 30-year average.  That’s just outside the normal range (standard deviation) for Huntsville; in other words, it’s really, really unusual. In spite of how […]

  • The coldest air moves out, but we still don’t feel ‘normal’ quite yet!

    The early November ‘deep freeze’ fades after a record-cold morning for some in the region, but there is still plenty of ‘chill’ for the rest of the week! A strong Arctic high over the East Coast Wednesday afternoon moves away on Thursday, and as it does, it takes the coldest air with it. Another storm system near the Gulf Coast overnight into Thursday overspreads the region with clouds and brings a chance of some rain Thursday, Thursday night and Friday. […]

  • A frigid, pipe-freezing November cold night in the South

    It’s downright frigid. The formal high temperature at Huntsville International for Tuesday, November 12th will be 37°F: three degrees lower than the lowest ‘high’ on record. Tonight promises to be even colder! Expect lows between 15°F and 20°F Wednesday morning: close to the record lows for November 13th. Record lows look like this: 12°F in Sewanee 15°F in Fayetteville & Russellville 16°F in Huntsville (HSV) 17°F in Scottsboro & Valley Head 18°F in Muscle Shoals 21°F in Decatur (records only […]

  • Cold Tuesday: one for the record books!

    Remember early October?  The first six days of the month averaged about 15ºF hotter than average; two of those days had highs in the 100s.  It seemed like cool – let alone ‘cold’ – weather would never come. It has! November’s average temperature so far is about 8ºF below average.  That’s just a little chill compared to what happens for the rest of this week! A strong, Arctic cold front surges in Monday night.  Behind it, we expect a brief […]

  • More heavy rain, a few strong through the morning commute

    The Storm Prediction Center maintains a low-end chance of some ‘severe’ storms in Alabama and Tennessee through the morning: all ahead of a very strong, sharp cold front. There are several reports of power outages with a line of heavy rain early this morning. Severe weather is more likely east of us through Thursday. Those on Sand and Lookout Mountain will have wind gusts to 40 mph through 9am. This could cause some power outages there this morning. Track heavy […]

  • Rain and some strong storms possible through Thursday morning

    There are two days of wet, stormy and windy weather ahead.  Let’s address them individually: WEDNESDAY – The Storm Prediction Center outlines a low-end, ‘marginal’ risk of some severe storms on Wednesday: mainly over Northwest Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. It’s a soggy start to Wednesday! This kind of risk is really more of a ‘heads-up: some storms are possible’ than a real ‘threat’ of storms. Strong wind shear in the atmosphere (that doesn’t always mean tornadoes, by the way) could […]

  • Dense Fog Advisory for Tuesday morning

    Be aware of low visibility early Tuesday morning!  Travel may be slow at times because of thick fog. …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT TUESDAY… * WHAT…Frequent visibility reductions to one quarter of a mile or less in widespread, locally dense fog. * WHERE…All counties in northern Alabama, as well as Lincoln, Moore, and Franklin counties in southern middle Tennessee. * WHEN…Until 10 AM CDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS…Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rapidly […]

  • ‘High Chance’ of tropical cyclone development through Friday

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area in the Gulf where a brief (yet real in scientific terms) ‘tropical cyclone’ could develop on Friday.  This won’t have much bearing on the forecast of rain over the South; that’s happening regardless of whether this disturbance becomes a tropical depression or a storm. If it does become a brief storm, the next name on the list is Olga. Track the rain, storms and tropical systems with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over […]

  • One. Hundred. Percent. It’s going to rain a lot starting Friday!

    One hundred percent: we now have a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for Friday and a 90% chance on Saturday. It’s going to rain, and it’s going to rain a lot; it won’t rain equally across Alabama and Tennessee, though. Showers march northward overnight, and rain begins as early as 4 AM to 6 AM south of Huntsville expanding north into Tennessee by 10 AM Friday. How much rain are we talking? It’s going to rain for around […]

  • Soaking rain looking likely for Alabama and Tennessee starting Friday

    It started out cold Wednesday morning!  Bridgeport had a freeze for the first time this season; Huntsville International dropped into the upper 30s (39ºF at 6:25 AM) for the first time since April 21st: 185 days ago.  We’ll get another cold night before warmer, more humid air starts edging northward Thursday and Friday setting up the best-looking chance of rain in months for Alabama and Tennessee. It gets chilly again tonight: Thursday looks warm and dry: highs in the lower 70s with […]

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