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
  • Cold nights, pleasant days, and a chance of some pollen-settling rain soon!

    Showers early Thursday did not produce much rain; the largest amount reported in North Alabama was a measly 0.14” near Mount Hester in Colbert County. What little we got earlier today will have to do you for a while, because we are staying dry through at least Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday! Temperatures plunge into the 30s tonight as chilly air blows in from the north. A little scattered, light frost is possible; however, we expect to remain above […]

  • EF-1 tornado confirmed between White City and Holly Pond

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms an 11-mile track with up to 105 MPH winds between White City (NW of Hanceville) and Holly Pond from an intense storm Thursday, March 14th. (RELATED: Ever wonder how they figure out the rating?  See more from the NWS here!) PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 402 PM CDT FRI MAR 15 2019 …NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/14/19 TORNADO EVENT… .WHITE CITY TO HOLLY POND… RATING: EF1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 […]

  • Tornado Watch in effect through 7pm Thursday

    Be alert for severe weather Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening. A Tornado Watch is in effect through 7pm, which means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to occur. Outside of the storms, gusty winds will continue to blow from the south throughout the day, gusting as high as 30 to 35 mph before the storms arrive. The intense low bringing the blizzard with heavy snow and 75+ mph wind gusts to the Denver area Wednesday and severe weather from the […]

  • Strong To Severe Storms Possible Thursday

    It’s easy to tell we’re heading into severe weather season. After multiple rounds of rain and storms this month, yet another strong frontal system will bring a chance at severe weather on Thursday. Showers and a few storms are possible over Northwest Alabama very early Thursday morning. Another wave develops and slowly moves east through the afternoon and evening; that’s the one that could bring some isolated severe weather with it. Likelihood of Severe Storms: Thursday’s ‘threat’ depends on this storm system […]

  • Tornado Watch canceled for Tennessee Valley, rain and wind still possible

    Heavy rain and severe storms moving across North Alabama and Tennessee through the evening could pack a punch with high winds, frequent lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding.  The risk of severe storms is highest west of the Huntsville area in The Shoals and northern Mississippi; however, the threat is not zero to the east! The Storm Prediction Center’s outlook still tells a tale of potential with some uncertainty.  In other words, there’s an ‘if’ in the forecast today.  If the storms take […]

  • Barkley Bridge Kindergarten Kidcam!

    You need a little sunshine on a gloomy, rainy Friday?  Check out my friends from Barkley Bridge Elementary in Hartselle!  This is a fantastic school with some wonderful teachers and students, and these Kindergarteners are pretty bright.  We talked about what a meteorologist does (how we don’t really study ‘meteors’ the way most people think about a meteor being a rock from Space), why they don’t have to live in fear of bad weather, and of course, the seasons of […]

  • Stormy Saturday: what to expect from the next wave of rain and storms

    The big March chill is gone, but it’s not quite ‘warm’ yet.  Expect lows in the 40s by sunrise Friday under a cloudy sky. Rain also moves in overnight into Friday morning; most of it will be light and spotty, but we’ll see as much as 0.2” to 0.6” of rainfall through Friday and Friday evening. The Storm Prediction Center outlines a risk of severe weather for a large part of Alabama and Tennessee on Saturday. Rain and thunderstorms are […]

  • Looking Ahead: Strong Storms Possible Saturday

    A major, dynamic storm system embedded in the jet stream moves east from the Plains Saturday.  Warm, humid air moving north ahead of it destabilizes the atmosphere and provides fuel for some heavy thunderstorms Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday starting in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, moving east through Alabama and Tennessee Saturday evening, and passing through East Alabama, Georgia, northern Florida and the Carolinas on Sunday. There are still some questions about the ‘quality’ of the fuel we’ll have […]

  • Trinitas Classical Academy Kidcam!

    Say hello to the students of Trinitas Classical Academy! This is a group of parents and home-schooled students who meet together at Killen Church of Christ to learn and make friends, and I had a blast with them on Tuesday! We talked all about how weather impacts our lives – especially severe weather.  That includes dealing with the scariness of tornadoes, how to stay ‘plugged in’ to know what the weather’s doing, and some other science about the water cycle […]

  • Freeze Warning: More than 15 hours below freezing through Wednesday morning

    …FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST  WEDNESDAY… The National Weather Service Service in Huntsville has issued another Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 6 PM Tuesday to 10 AM Wednesday. Temperatures during this time will fall into the upper 10s and lower 20s , and it will be below freezing (32ºF) for at least 15 hours through roughly 10 AM Wednesday. How cold will it get? The record lows this week stack […]

  • Almost time to mow the wild onions!

    If you have wild onions sprouting across your yard, mark down these dates. Many of you ask us about this every year, and we’re happy to find an answer! We checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Actually, the legendary Robert Reeves, who retired a few years ago told us this: “Several folks have written and asked me what days are best to cut the wild onions. The Old Farmers Almanac says this: These are the next five best days to destroy […]

  • Another round of heavy rain, some storms, then it gets COLD!

    February ends with just short of fourteen inches of rain at Huntsville International Airport! The 2 PM daily total was 1.04 inches, and that makes this an almost untouchable February with regard to rainfall: number one in the record books by 1.19 inches. The 13.72” this month is about one-fourth of Huntsville’s annual rainfall! More rain is likely this weekend!  Another 1.5″ to 3.0″ are possible through Sunday evening (heaviest south of Huntsville): Flood Warnings continue: The rain expected through […]

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