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
  • Severe Storms Possible Today

    An upper level system moves across the eastern United States bringing rain and storms to the Tennessee Valley this afternoon and evening. With cold air aloft, that will enhance the chance of large hail later on today.  Here is a look at the threats for today. This scenario promotes LARGE HAIL AND WIND DAMAGE for our region. The tornado threat is never “zero”, but for this event, it’s not as likely. We could have some trees down, power lines down, […]

  • Storms More Likely: expect several waves of rain and storms Thursday and Friday

    Clouds moving in from the west Wednesday kept the temperature down a little; they are also a visual sign of increasing moisture, and that means a better chance of rain and thunderstorms through the rest of this week. Widespread rain and storms begin early Thursday. Expect a rainy and occasionally stormy day with some wet weather possible at almost any time. The lack of summer sunshine means it won’t get as hot: highs only around 81ºF.  The Storm Prediction Center […]

  • Spotty storms becoming more widespread and getting heavier by late week

    A few isolated storms for now, more widespread storms late in the week Spotty storms this time of year bring heavy rain to a few, but many miss out on it on any given day. Individual storms can drop more than an inch of rain on one neighborhood while one across town stays dry. That’s the kind of pattern we expect through midweek; storms become more widespread (and heavy) on Thursday and Friday. Hot weather backs down some after tomorrow. […]

  • A summer storm almost ended in disaster for a Toney family

    ‘Summer storms are some of the worst weather you will see in a calendar year!‘ We repeat that often this time of year because it reminds us how intense these explosive, slow-moving, heavy storms can get. Bruce Imsand of Toney told us the story of his close call with one of the storms that blew up on Sunday afternoon at his boat house on Smith Lake near the Cullman/Winston County line: “We were coming back in from some tubing fun […]

  • Father’s Day Weekend: the heat is sure, the storms are spotty

    The heat is sure, the storms are hit-or-miss Summertime weather means a fairly steady forecast: hot days, humid nights, and a daily chance of some hit-or-miss showers and thunderstorms. The over-all weather does not change much, but there is a significant daily difference between those getting the downpours and those who miss them! Expect more widely scattered storms across the region through Father’s Day weekend. The hot weather is sure: highs 91ºF to 95ºF with a heat index near or […]

  • Hot Days Ahead: fewer storms, hotter weather and high humidity

    Heat, humidity, and a slim chance of a few storms A weak cool front nearby pushes most of the widespread showers and storms south of the Tennessee Valley tonight and through the weekend, but it’s still humid enough for a small chance of a few ‘pop-up’ showers in the heat of the day. The heat building through early next week is not extraordinary for North Alabama in June, but it doesn’t have to be extreme to be hot! Expect high […]

  • Hotter Days Coming: fewer storms in the forecast means summertime heat cranks up soon!

    Rain, storms thin out through the weekend A healthy dose of locally-heavy showers and storms moved through North Alabama and Tennessee Wednesday; rain moves out this evening, and the odds of more showers and thunderstorms in coming days drop significantly. If you didn’t get enough (or any at all) in the past few days, it’s less and less likely that you will get substantial rain through the weekend. Expect some patchy thick fog overnight thanks to a clearing sky, a […]

  • More Heavy Storms: summertime downpours with gusty winds possible through Wednesday

    Showers and a few thunderstorms last through the early morning hours; then it’s cloudy, warm and humid ahead of another wave of rain and thunderstorms moving into Alabama and Southern Tennessee. Rain and storms are likely through the first half of Wednesday, but they’ll start thinning out some for the rest of the week and the weekend. Track summer storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Fewer storms, but not totally […]

  • More Storms: we get a daily dose of scattered storms through the weekend

    It’s nine days until the summer solstice, but North Alabama’s weather has felt like summer since early May! The weather pattern has also behaved like summer with almost-daily spotty showers and thunderstorms here and there for the past six weeks. Ready for more of the same? That’s what we get for the rest of this week: heat, humidity and daily hit-or-miss, scattered, unevenly distributed showers and locally-heavy thunderstorms. Any single storm developing this week may pack a punch! We often […]

  • Weekend rain? Some scattered storms are possible!

    The summertime heat and humidity built up late last week, and the weekend looks like typical summer weather: hot, humid and a chance of some scattered showers and thunderstorms. Thermometers at Huntsville International Airport reach 95 degrees on Saturday afternoon. 95 degrees! That sweltering heat was abated by late afternoon when heavy rain and thunderstorms rumbled through north Alabama and southern Tennessee. However, they weren’t widespread, and some areas were missed completely. Sunday looks a little better for scattered storm […]

  • Air Quality Alert for the Huntsville-Decatur area Friday

    Air Quality Alert Message Alabama Department of Environmental Management Relayed by National Weather Service Huntsville AL 309 PM CDT Thu Jun 7 2018 …Air Quality Alert in effect Friday for Huntsville and Decatur… The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has issued an Air Quality Alert for Madison and Morgan counties, for Friday, June 8. An air quality alert means that ground level ozone or particulate matter concentrations are expected to reach levels that are unhealthful for sensitive groups. Children […]

  • Dry for now, but scattered storms develop again this weekend

    Enjoying the dry air and sunshine? It’s getting hotter without adding much oppressive humidity for now, but the humidity sneaks up a little each day until you can really start feeling that sticky difference again by the weekend. We stay comfortably mild tonight: lows around 60ºF to 65ºF with a clear sky. Thursday looks a little hotter and only slightly more humid; expect a high in the lower 90s with a ‘feels like’ temp right around 92ºF. Friday still looks […]