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
  • How Cold? Some frost is possible by Monday morning!

    A slow-moving cold front is bringing scattered showers to the Tennessee Valley Saturday morning; as the front moves through, showers become more widespread just ahead of it and quickly taper off behind it. The rain moves out before noon Saturday leaving us cloudy, cool and dry through early afternoon; some sunshine breaks through before the day is over, and temperatures stay in the 60s. Colder air moving in gives us the lowest temps since mid-April and a chance of some […]

  • Fantastic October sky over Alabama Thursday!

    There’s a ‘look’ to the Fall sky that is unmistakable: different, more stratiform cloud types, clearer air with less haze, deep blue sky contrasting the wispy cirrus and pockets of altocumulus.  Days like this can make good use of a cloud chart!  That way you can keep up with all of the different things you’re seeing through the course of the day. Check out some of the views from around North Alabama on this gorgeous Thursday: What a day for cloud watching! […]

  • NOAA’s Winter Forecast features the effects of El Niño

    NOAA released the 2018-2019 Winter Outlook Thursday, and it shows some inconclusive ideas for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee!  The outlook is given in a statistical chance of being above or below normal; it’s not extremely useful in planning for your milk, bread and sled budget this winter.   Wishing for snow yet? There are a few things of note: The El Niño’s strength and position in the Pacific can yield different results from year to year.  El Niño does not […]

  • Awesome Clouds! Iridescence in The Shoals on Tuesday

    You don’t see this everyday – especially with colors like this! Johnny Raper snapped these shots of iridescent clouds over Florence Wednesday afternoon, and they are spectacular.  We rarely get this kind of contrast and brightness with clouds like this in the Alabama sky because of haze and other clouds in the sky blocking the view. Atmospheric Optics describes how this works: ‘When parts of clouds are thin and have similar size droplets, diffraction can make them shine with colors […]

  • Waiting around for the leaves to change? You’ll be waiting a while longer!

    Leaves still green at your house?  There’s a good reason for that!  It’s mid-October, and despite what you might think should be happening, it’s not quite time for the blast of Fall color in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee just yet! The peak of ‘Fall Color’ season begins around Halloween and goes through the first week of November; the color peaks in the mountains first, and then the colors become more vibrant westward across the Tennessee Valley as the days pass. Why […]

  • Cool & Damp: chilly air blows in and showers continue

    There’s still a chance of some rain around North Alabama and Southern Tennessee through Tuesday, but don’t count on getting a ‘soaking.’ Most communities that get enough rain to measure won’t see more than a half inch in the next 48 hours even as a strong cold front blows into the area. Scattered areas of rain develop here and there until enough dry air moves in to force the rain out by Wednesday morning. In the meantime, get ready for […]

  • Some rain moves in by Sunday, but is the heat gone for good?

    Expect a cool, crisp Saturday morning: sunrise temperatures start as cool as the low 50s under mostly cloudy skies. We’ll get to see some sunshine peaking through Saturday afternoon, but rain stays away for the first half of the weekend. Daytime highs today top out in the upper 60s and lower 70s. More clouds move in Sunday morning, and some rain is possible as early as sunrise in The Shoals and along (and north of) the Alabama/Tennessee border. Patchy areas […]

  • Friday morning brings the coolest temps in 163 days!

    It finally feels like Fall! Some of the usual ‘cold spots’ may be as low as 41ºF to 44ºF by sunrise Friday, but that chill wears off quickly as temperatures warm up around 67ºF to 72ºF Friday afternoon under a mostly sunny sky. The cool, dry weather won’t last through the entire weekend, though. Expect some showers to return as early as Sunday. This is ‘normal’ for October: The ‘normal’ (average over 30 years from 1981-2010) high temperature this week […]

  • October finally feels like October starting Thursday

    Hurricane Michael made landfall Tuesday afternoon as a high-end Category Four storm near Mexico Beach, Florida; the wind gusted as high as 129 miles per hour at Tyndall Air Force Base, and we’ve just begun to get a feel for how bad the damage is in Northwest Florida. Michael weakens to a Tropical Storm strength Thursday morning and moves northeast toward the Carolinas: likely dumping up to 6 inches of rain along the way.  Since the storm is east of […]

  • Fall finally arrives this week as Hurricane Michael moves east of Alabama

    Huntsville has 99 days of 90-degree heat in 2018 through Sunday, and it looks like the seemingly never-ending summer is finally giving way to Fall: only about two weeks later than the calendar’s ‘First Day of Fall.’ Daytime highs drop into the 80s for Tuesday and Wednesday, and then it falls into the 70s for highs and 40s/50s for lows for the end of the week and the weekend. An even more substantial cool down might have as as cool […]

  • National Hurricane Center: high chance of tropical cyclone development in the Gulf soon

    Tropical development possible: A large cluster of tropical thunderstorms surrounding a weak ‘low’ in the western Caribbean that has a ‘high’ chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in coming days. The National Hurricane Center’s update at 2 PM Friday said this: ‘A tropical depression could form by late this weekend or early next week over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico while the system moves northwestward to northward. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this disturbance […]

  • Hatton Elementary Kidcam!

    I met a lot of future scientists at Hatton Elementary in Leighton Thursday! The Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades all piled into the gym to talk about the weather, and I was really impressed with the knowledge of this crew. We discussed some important things about good science: like not making assumptions without analysis and learning to ask the right questions to get to the right answer. It’s easy to see there are some great leaders at Hatton Elementary! […]