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
  • Flood Watch: multiple rounds of rain likely through Friday

    The National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Watch  for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee from Tuesday morning to early Friday morning. What is the difference between an Areal Flood and a Flash Flood?  Via NWS Birmingham: “These two types of flooding may be confusing, so we thought we would take a minute to try and clarify the difference between them. A Flash Flood Warning is issued for flooding that normally occurs within six hours of heavy or intense rainfall.  This results in […]

  • Normal for February! Colder days, milder days and some rain

    What is normal for February? What you saw outside today, what we expect tonight, what you’ll see Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: all of that is ‘normal’ for this time of year. It rains, turns colder, warms up, and does it all over again! Expect a colder night: temperatures down in the low-30s with a wind chill between 25ºF and 30ºF by sunrise. The sky clears and colder air takes over, but it’s not extreme. Wednesday starts in the 30s then […]

  • Rain & Wind: get ready for the wind and the rain overnight through Tuesday!

    Get ready for a soaking rain!  February has not been a very wet month so far, but that’s about to change. Showers developing Monday evening expand in coverage and get heavier overnight into Tuesday morning. Huntsville has only measured 0.3” of rain so far this month; we’ll triple that and then some beginning early Tuesday. A cold front passing through North Alabama and Southern Tennessee Tuesday brings a soaking rain ahead of it and some cooler air behind it. Expect […]

  • February’s Back: record warmth to wind chills in the 20s!

    Huntsville and Muscle Shoals blew the records out of the water today as temperatures rose to some of the warmest levels ever seen in the month of February around here. A cold front brings a good chance of some showers and a few thunderstorms this evening; after that, it’s going to get colder quickly. Our taste of Spring comes crashing down tonight; that strong cold front blasts through dropping temperatures a solid 40 to 45 degrees: 70s to 30s by […]

  • Big Temperature Swing Ahead!

    Get ready for a BIG temperature swing! We knew the 70s wouldn’t last in February! We hit a record high on Wednesday after in both Huntsville and Muscle Shoals. We’ll do it again today with highs in the lower to middle 70s across the entire Tennessee Valley! Records break again today. The record in Huntsville is 73° in 1999! We should shattered that this afternoon with no problem!   The cold arrives tonight into Friday. We go from 70s to […]

  • Record Warmth! One more day to bask in spring-like weather before it turns cold again

    Huntsville and Muscle Shoals set new record highs Wednesday!  Huntsville topped out at 73ºF beating the old record of 71ºF from 2008; Muscle Shoals got to 75ºF besting 1938’s 74ºF at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. Seventy-six degrees on Thursday? That’s the going forecast! Thursday’s record high is 73ºF (1999), and as warm as this seems, it’s not even close to Huntsville’s warmest February temperature on record. That was 83ºF on February 23, 1996. Don’t get too used to it, though! […]

  • Russellville West Elementary Kidcam!

    Get ready for a treat!  The smiling faces I saw this morning showed more than some young Golden Tigers: they’ve got golden hearts, too!  Say hello to the Kindergarten at Russellville’s West Elementary School.  I went there Tuesday morning expecting to read a story, talk a little weather, and have some fun (you never leave a Russellville school having anything other than a good time).  Instead, they were serving.  You may notice in the video some had baseball caps on supporting […]

  • Worry-Free Warmth: a February warm-up doesn’t always mean big storms!

    There’s a natural feeling of uneasiness when the weather turns very warm in February; there’s a good reason for it, too. Those days are when the Spring tornado season can get an early start! We’ve had a lot of examples of the nasty that February can bring; here are a few memorable ones: EF-4 tornadoes in Pisgah and Speake in 2008 Arab-Joppa EF-3 in 1995 Fort Payne tornado in 2014 In the NWS Huntsville County Warning Area, we had 36 February […]

  • Very Cold Thursday Morning – Milder Air Coming

    Here is a look at morning lows on Thursday morning:   Crossville got down to 20° and UAH 21° respectively. Some wind chills were in the single digits early! The forecast looks milder from here with highs in the middle to upper 40s this afternoon. We’ll see 50s and 60s this weekend! We get a break from the arctic air over the next week before it gets cold again! Click here for the latest forecast!  

  • Ice Spike: what are these things that form on very cold mornings?

    It was so cold Tuesday morning that even the ice was trying to escape!  Rhonda Hall took these photos of one of the most pronounced ‘ice spikes’ I’ve ever seen.  It looks like a shark’s dorsal fin!  This formed in Rhonda’s backyard fire pit. Spikes like this are caused by upward-freezing water.  The following partial explanation and diagram are taken from “Ice Spike Formation Induced by Dendritic Ice Sheets” by Miles Chen: Excerpt from http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~smorris/edl/icespikes/Chen_icespikes_report.pdf In other words, ice crystals don’t create a smooth, […]

  • Ready for a warm-up? Just a few more cold days ahead!

    There’s a pattern change ahead that leads us away from words like ‘wind chill’ and ‘snow’ for at least a week or two, but the here-and-now is pretty cold! Temperatures sat in the 30s Tuesday afternoon, and we have a hard freeze coming tonight: lows in the lower and middle 20s with a fair sky and a light wind. Another push of arctic air moves in Wednesday keeping it cold and dry: highs in the 30s with a wind chill […]

  • Light Snow Moves Out, Cold Air Moves In

    The rain and snow has already moved out of the Tennessee Valley, and now even some sunshine is coming out! (MORE: Your Photos: Snow Accumulates in Northeast Alabama) Behind the snow, frigid air rushes in and brings us a bitterly cold few days! Temperatures will start in the 20s this morning, then barely climb into the 30s this afternoon. A stiff wind from the north keeps it feeling like the 20s all day, so bundle up! What to expect: Some of […]

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