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Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he's always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • heat Adv

    No True Relief In Sight

    We hit 98° in Huntsville Monday afternoon. Expect a similar forecast this afternoon with little or no rain. The heat index climbs to 105° giving us a heat advisory today.  Here is a look at your lack of rain Monday and the limited coverage you’ll see this afternoon.     The heat index gets to around 100° at 11am this morning and stays that way through 6pm this evening. Everyday through the weekend calls for your feels like temperature to […]

  • Feels Like

    Steamy Week Ahead

    Don’t expect a real break to the heat this week. There is a greater chance of showers and storms by Thursday as a cold front moves in. Other than that, we continue to bake in the Tennessee Valley. Here are some of the heat index values for this afternoon. We aren’t under a heat advisory, but it feels like 105° at times this afternoon. This pattern remains the same Tuesday as well.     Heat Advisories are in the forecast […]

  • Rainfall

    Lower Rain Chances – Hotter Weekend Temperatures

    Our stretch of 90s ended on Thursday in the Tennessee Valley. We hit 89° which ended our streak of 16 days in a row with highs above 90° in Huntsville. We start a new one today as highs reach the lower 90s. Heat indices reach the 100° setting the stage for a hot and steamy weekend!     Rain chances decrease as high pressure takes over the Tennessee Valley through the weekend. The risk of a shower through the weekend […]


    Break From the Heat Today

    Cloud cover and light rain moves through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Click here for the latest radar image. Readings this afternoon won’t get out of the 80s for most spots. We have a chance of breaking the streak of 90s in Huntsville. Wednesday was day SIXTEEN IN A ROW of 90s. We’ll see what happens today! The HRRR model shows a solid coverage of rain and storms through the day. Another 1″-2″ total is possible today alone. Take the […]

  • HRRR

    Fog & Storms

    It’s better than hot and humid right? We get a break from the extreme heat again today in the Tennessee Valley. In the short-term, locally dense fog is in the forecast this morning. Some parts of U.S. Highway 72 east of Huntsville is very foggy. Southern middle Tennessee through Hazel Green and Meridianville has very dense fog. Give yourself an extra 15 minutes to get into work this morning.   Visibilities fluctuate all morning! Take your time going to work! […]

  • Heat Advisory South

    Not As Hot Today

    Yes, there will be spots that hit the middle 90s with heat index values around 100°-102°, but it’s not enough for a heat advisory for the Tennessee Valley. The high heat is in the forecast across central and south Alabama where a heat advisory is in effect.     Some of us got a soaking on Monday afternoon! Sections of Madison County eastward to Jackson County saw around an inch of rainfall. Expect locally heavy downpours today with a cold […]

  • Advisory

    Small Break In the Heat This Week

    We cooked over the weekend with highs in the upper 90s. The heat index was around 110° at times. The forecast today doesn’t change much, but it will midweek. Take the same precautions today as you did over the weekend. Limit outdoor activities during the afternoon. Highs today reach the upper 90s with heat index values as high as 110°. A heat advisory is in effect for all of the Tennessee Valley this afternoon.     The upper ridge responsible for […]

  • AC 2

    Cranking Up the Heat This Weekend

    We hit 93° in Huntsville and the Shoals on Thursday. In the words of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!” Temperatures this afternoon reach the upper 90s for some with highs near 100° Saturday and Sunday. With higher humidity, the heat index could climb to around 110°!   We have a chance to reach 100° over the weekend. We haven’t done that officially in Huntsville since July 7, 2012, when we made it to 101°. June 26 of this […]

  • 24 hour

    A Break From the High Heat Today

    There is already a difference in the airmass this morning. After Tuesday’s rain, temperatures aren’t as oppressive as they were yesterday. We started Tuesday in the middle to upper 70s. This morning upper 60s to near 70 temperatures rule the Tennessee Valley. We’ll take it! The extended forecast isn’t as forgiving!   24-Hour Temperature Change – Not Bad This Morning   It was an active Tuesday with numerous reports of trees down, power lines down, and dangerous lightning all across […]

  • Slight Everywhere - Enhanced TN/NE AL

    More High Heat – Strong Storms Later This Evening

    We hit 98° in Huntsville for the second straight day Monday. Look for upper 90s this afternoon with another heat advisory. The heat index could reach 109° this afternoon. It doesn’t look like the oppressive temperatures are going anywhere with the potential of triple digit heat by the weekend into next week.     Now to the potential for strong to severe storms. Disturbances track southeast around a large upper ridge and move across the Tennessee Valley late this afternoon […]