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
  • Snow? Only 3/4 of a mile away: above the ground

    If someone told you that it was snowing 3/4 of a mile up the road, you might either get excited or panicked: running for the milk and bread. Well that’s exactly what’s happening on Thursday afternoon; it’s just that snow isn’t ‘up the road.’  It’s above our heads. The radar clearly shows what’s happening if you give it a good look: The ‘bright band’ over Mississippi is where the radar beam hits water-coated (melting) snowflakes or some ice pellets and sends […]

  • Will it or won’t it: Is the chance of more snow this winter fading quickly?

    February 15th is the midpoint of astronomical winter (although January 24th is the midpoint of meteorological winter), and we officially have 0.7″ of snow recorded at Huntsville International Airport for the season so far (back on December 10th). Here’s the photographic evidence of what is now a distant memory after a long-term warm spell! It has been incredibly warm for most of January.  January was running a fever: 10.4ºF above average (almost one full standard deviation above it) through the […]

  • Rainy weather begins Thursday!

    A cloudy sky leads to some rain soon!  While the weather stays dry on Wednesday evening, it’s likely that we get some rain – possibly mixed with a little sleet or snow at the onset – by the time the sun rises on Thursday.  Yes, a little wintry mix is possible; however, the light nature of the precipitation and temperatures hovering in the lower/middle 30s mean very little chance of any travel hazards other than wet roads in a few […]

  • Ice Spike! Bitter cold makes for interesting ice formations

    The temperature stayed below 32ºF from Sunday evening until about lunchtime Tuesday (roughly 38-42 hours for most of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee); the majority of that time spent in the twenties means some unique ice formations like this ‘ice spike’ from Steve McDaniel’s deck in Madison! The ‘spike’ shape is the most common, but they have been known to form vase-like shapes, candle shapes, and inverted pyramid shapes. Ice spikes often form in bird baths or dog bowls like […]

  • NWS Huntsville: Eighth tornado track discovered from December storms

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville has confirmed another tornado in their County Warning Area from the December 16th severe weather outbreak in Alabama and Tennessee.   …NWS Damage Survey for 12/16/19 Tornado Event–Update #7… .Update…One additional tornado from the December 16, 2019 tornado event was discovered last week in extreme southwestern Lincoln County, Tennessee. For additional information regarding the other tornadoes from that event, please refer to past statements. (You can see the previous statements from NWS Huntsville here […]

  • Coldest January weather in over two years!

    Snow flurries amounted to a trace in Huntsville Monday, but that wind and that cold sure made a bigger impact! This is the subfreezing ‘day’ (never rising above 32ºF from start to finish) at Huntsville International since January 17, 2018: 723 days. By the time Huntsville International climbs above 32ºF again, we will have been below freezing for around 40 hours; some of the colder rural and mountainous areas will have more than 50 hours below freezing, and that could […]

  • Another blustery storm: what to expect from gusty winds through Saturday

    The gusty winds that started overnight will continue through the morning and into the afternoon today. Wind like this is enough to topple trees and interrupt electricity/utilities in seemingly random spots; remember, the ground is still soft from recent rain, and some trees are weaker because of recent storms.  Be alert for falling trees or tree branches, and secure your garbage cans, patio furniture, etc. through Saturday. We’ll also get some showers at times Saturday!  Most of the rain looks […]

  • Collinsville Sixth Grade Kidcam!

    Our weather and STEM traveling ‘show’ ended up at Collinsville School on Friday morning where I got to spend about an hour with some great Sixth Graders! We used a lot of experiments from a pressure globe to a bicycle pump and a bottle to a Van de Graff generator to prove things about the atmosphere and weather that they already had some understanding of from class; in this case, proving the case for air pressure’s importance, nature’s mission to find […]

  • Scattered heavy storms Wednesday evening

    The Storm Prediction Center outlines a very small chance of a ‘severe’ storm on Wednesday: a storm or two with hail that might get up to the size of a quarter and/or a wind gust of 58 mph. These storms will have a similar impact to our summer pop-up storms, NOT what we saw on Saturday.  The best chance of a few heavy storms comes Wednesday evening ahead of a cold front. Locally-heavy downpours Wednesday could drop more than one inch […]

  • A Few More Showers and Storms Possible Tonight and Tomorrow.

    Another round of scattered showers and storms will move through tonight and tomorrow. This rain won’t likely be as heavy as some of our previous rounds, but another 0.3-1″ of rain will be possible through Thursday morning. January’s average rainfall in Huntsville is 4.89 inches.  As of Monday afternoon, Huntsville International Airport measured 4.93 inches for January so far.  By the time we are finished with this stormy pattern (when colder, drier air finally wins out again on Sunday), we […]

  • January’s coming back! Colder weather blows in within the next week

    Get ready!  We’re about to go back to weather that’s a little more January-like within the next 7-10 days.  A blast of cold air (modified arctic air) blows in Sunday and drops temperatures to the 20s for lows and 30s/40s for highs starting Sunday through most of next week. This blast of colder weather does not really indicate a snowy pattern as of now, but we’ll be watching it for signs of winter weather mischief through the end of the […]

  • Saturday severe weather potential

    The Storm Prediction Center outlines all of north Alabama with the potential for severe weather today. What do the threats mean? There are five categories based on statistics.  What YOU need to know is that we have a significant threat of severe storms; don’t worry about the colors and numbers. How Saturday’s threats line up: We face three primary threats: Strong winds (30-50 MPH) that could interrupt utilities and knock down trees/branches Severe wind gusts (58 MPH to as high as […]

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