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
  • Wet Weekend? Expect more stormy weather at times on Saturday and Sunday

    On Friday isolated areas of flash flooding happened in Alabama for the third-straight day. More localized heavy rainfall will be possible this afternoon too, especially over Northeast Alabama. The chance of scattered thunderstorms overall increases this weekend, but the storms are still ‘scattered.’ That means three things: It won’t rain all day. Some will get rain, some will not. Since we’re dealing with individual thunderstorms, they have plenty of moisture to use for very heavy rainfall. A few spots could get […]

  • Locally-heavy storms possible through early Thursday morning

    A large wave of heavy thunderstorms developed over Missouri Wednesday evening, and they have been moving southeast toward Tennessee and Alabama. While we expect most of the activity to diminish by the time it would move into North Alabama, there is a chance of a few scattered heavy thunderstorms after midnight. Any storms that manage to get this far south would have gusty winds, intense lightning and very heavy rainfall. We do not expect additional flash flooding; storms won’t last […]

  • A real cold front in July!?

    A significant heat wave north of the Tennessee Valley (yes, it can be hotter north of us than it is here) pumps temperatures up into the 90s and low-100s with a heat index that could go higher than 105ºF under a hot area of high pressure this weekend. We’ll be on the southern edge of that ‘high,’ so we’ll have a better chance of storms that could knock the temperature down some. As the heat breaks to the north, an […]

  • Heavy tropical downpours through Wednesday morning: more than 1-3″ of rainfall possible

    The same ‘leftover’ energy from Barry that brought extremely heavy rain in Arkansas Tuesday morning sends more heavy rain and thunderstorms into Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama through early Wednesday. Heavy rain fell in Lauderdale County early Wednesday morning with some areas seeing over two inches of rainfall. A *FLASH FLOOD WARNING* was issued until 9:30am for Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Forecast models in general do a less-than-adequate job of pinpointing rainfall like this; however, they can give us a shadow […]

  • Fewer storms Tuesday, but they ramp up again on Wednesday

    ‘Barry’ may be a remnant low now, but the tropical moisture pumping in over the South keeps coming. It’s not leaving anytime soon, either. Rain bands running around the outskirts of the remnant low are dumping heavy rain and creating heavy thunderstorms nearly 400 miles east of the center. As the low weakens and the storm’s energy gets absorbed into the weak jet stream aloft this time of year, the organized rain will slow down; however, the scattered daily thunderstorms […]

  • 7am Update: Gulf System A Little Stronger – Expect ‘Barry’ Soon

    The 7am intermediate is advisory is out for the system in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a little stronger with winds up to 35 mph from 30 mph with the last advisory.   The official track takes it across Louisiana over the weekend then north trough Arkansas after that. Impacts across the Tennessee Valley will be an increase in humidity along with heavy showers and storms through the weekend.     Rain chances are up here as Barry moves inland […]

  • Watching the Gulf of Mexico – System Getting Better Organzied

    The low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico is better organized this morning. The system is officially over water and will likely strengthen into a tropical depression later today or Thursday. A hurricane hunter aircraft heads that way later today. If there is a closed, low-level circulation will have a tropical depression. The next name on the list is “Barry.” The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 90% chance to develop over the next couple of days. Residents from […]

  • Heat Break? A cool front and a tropical system may hold the key to easing the heat soon!

    A *Heat Advisory* continues from noon to 7 PM on Wednesday – for the highlighted counties in North Alabama. The heat index in Muscle Shoals got to 108°F on Tuesday.  A heat advisory literally means ‘that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check […]

  • Heat Advisory For Parts Of the Tennessee Valley Tuesday – No Relief This Week

    A *heat advisory* is in effect for parts of the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday. It will feel like around 105°F during the afternoon today. The high heat isn’t going anywhere. We will likely see another heat advisory for Wednesday as well. What will it feel like today? Here is your hourly heat index. Here are a few tips to help cope with the heat: Limit time outside during the peak afternoon hours Take frequent breaks Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of […]

  • Heat Index: how hot is it really going to be?

    The sauna-like summertime weather is here to stay. Huntsville’s high was 95ºF, but the heat index was over 100ºF. Both of those numbers go higher this week as a strong ridge to the west pumps up the heat and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico raises the humidity. (Yes, there’s still room for it to get more humid!) Need more rain? The chance is slim-to-none through Wednesday. Less rain and fewer clouds mean hotter days: highs 92ºF to 97ºF on […]

  • More scattered downpours Friday, but there’s a better chance of rain for the weekend!

    It didn’t rain everywhere on the Fourth, but where it rained…it rained! A few spots got more than two inches of rain Thursday afternoon and evening: 2.25″ in Courtland 1.86″ in Madison 1.13″ at Wheeler Dam 0.03″ at Huntsville International Airport 0.01″ in Downtown Huntsville More storms develop on Friday!  Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Weekend outlook: A weak cool front moves into the region for Saturday night […]

  • Downpours, storms, and dry spots: the summer ‘norm’ sticks around for a while

    There’s a daily chance of scattered thunderstorms over the next week, and that chance tells you two things about the weather: It will rain in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee on a daily basis for the next seven days. The rain will be unevenly distributed, scattered, spotty, ‘unfair’ or even chaotic in coverage. We don’t get many summertime days with widespread rain; it happens now and then, but even those instances are usually from waves of thunderstorms.  That kind of development could […]

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