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
  • A cold front arrives Tuesday, but just how ‘cool’ will it get?

    Some spotty showers and storms build around North Alabama and Southern Tennessee Monday afternoon and evening, but a better-organized batch of rain and some spotty storms moves in late tonight. Tonight’s rain does not look like 100% coverage, so some of us get a downpour and others still remain dry. A highly-anticipated cold front moves into Northwest Alabama by sunrise Tuesday. Some more hit-or-miss showers come with it, but yet again, widespread rain is not coming. Ahead of the front, […]

  • Occasional Heavy Storms: hit-or-miss downpours continue through the weekend

    Friday afternoon storms got a late start, but the hit-or-miss, locally-heavy downpours could still pack a punch! The Storm Prediction Center maintains a *MARGINAL RISK* for most of North and Central Alabama as well as Southern Tennessee through the evening; the primary risk with any storm that develops comes from brief strong wind gusts in the 40 to 60 mph range. Storms quiet down overnight, but more of them develop here and there over the weekend. While it won’t rain […]

  • Friday’s storms: what to expect from scattered heavy thunderstorms

    Expect a warm, humid night. Lows drop into the low-70s with some spotty showers lingering through early Friday morning. It’s hot, it’s humid, and it’s stormy at times on Friday. Look for a high around 90ºF with storms becoming likely by early afternoon. The risk?  A few isolated severe storms could develop from late morning through mid-afternoon – very similar to the way they did on Thursday.  Our concern is for a few storms with wind gusts in the 40-60mph […]

  • Stormy Days Ahead: soaking rain and some strong storms expected beginning Thursday

    Thunderstorms – some strong – becoming likely later this week Wednesday marked the fifth-straight day with no measurable rain in Huntsville. It’s been dry lately, but rain becomes likely later this week and this weekend! A few more hit-or-miss downpours develop here and there on Thursday: mainly west of the Huntsville-Decatur area. Expect another hot day Thursday: highs in the lower 90s with a heat index close to 100ºF. The Storm Prediction Center outlines a ‘MARGINAL RISK’ of severe storms […]

  • Dust from the Sahara Desert over Alabama Tuesday afternoon

    It’s not exactly something you think of every day, but what’s the deal with the haze this week? Monday it was a smoky sky from the northwestern US and Canada: wildfire smoke from over 2,000 miles away causing a haze over Alabama and Tennessee. Tuesday?  Dust from a desert over five thousand miles away: the Sahara. If you don’t live in the world of weather 24/7, ideas like smoke from the other side of the continent or dust from across […]

  • Need some rain? You may be in luck soon!

    Tuesday marked the fourth-straight day and the eighth day of August with no rainfall in Huntsville; technically no part of Alabama is in ‘drought’ right now, but if the rain doesn’t come soon and come steady, we will keep inching that direction.  A somewhat rainy setup begins on Thursday; that leads to numerous ‘scattered’ showers and thunderstorms from Thursday through the first part of next week, and those occasional (but numerous) downpours end our dry spell and bring down the […]

  • Smoke from a fire nearly 2,000 miles away makes Alabama’s sky hazy on Monday

    Did you notice the hazy sky on Monday? The sky is usually clear and blue the day after a cool front passes, so why is it so hazy? The upper-air wind pattern over the Continental US is blowing smoke: right out of the western US and southern Canada into North Alabama. Tiny particles from that wildfire smoke gets lofted high up into the atmosphere (around 2 to 3 miles above the ground) and carried hundreds to thousands of miles. That […]

  • Rain for the weekend? Don’t cancel your plans!

    A round of widespread morning downpours dropped over an inch of rain through the middle of Huntsville, but just like every single day this week, some got a little, some got a little, and some got zero. More of these occasional scattered thunderstorms develop through the weekend, but don’t expect a rain out! The weekend looks hot and humid with chance of some scattered downpours here and there. Daytime highs reach the low-90s over the weekend; the heat index tops […]

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

    The Perseid Meteor Shower is usually one of the best of the year, and the 2018 version peaks over the next few nights.  The ramp up to the peak begins overnight Friday into Saturday morning, but the greatest number of visible meteors comes over the weekend. Space.com spoke with NASA’s Dr. Bill Cooke based here in Huntsville at the Meteoroid Environment lab, and he says to expect around 60-70 meteors per hour in the predawn hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday […]

  • More unevenly scattered storms likely through the weekend

    A large area of rain and embedded thunderstorms moved across North Alabama early and moved out by early afternoon; that leaves us mostly dry for the evening with only a slim chance of an isolated shower developing here or there through midnight.  More showers are possible overnight into Friday morning, and we’ll be keeping an eye on the radar yet again Friday afternoon for some locally-heavy, hit-or-miss thunderstorms that can bring heavy rainfall, intense lightning, and wind gusts strong enough to […]

  • More storms, less excessive heat through Friday!

    Heavy, scattered afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon dropped a lot of rain over some spots and left others wanting more. The chance of daily thunderstorms is better than average for early August, but that still does not guarantee a widespread, everybody-gets-soaked rain through the end of the week. More scattered storms develop Thursday and again Friday. The extra clouds and occasional whiffs of rain-cooled air help keep the heat down some for the rest of the week: highs in the middle […]

  • Better chance of rain and storms through the end of the week

    Spotty thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon last through early evening; some of them could briefly produce strong enough winds to cause minor wind damage as well as heavy rain, dangerous lightning and small hail. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Afternoon and evening storms fade away as the temperature drops after sunset. It’s so warm and muggy that we only fall into the upper 70s and lower 80s by 10 […]