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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
  • Perecentages

    Fewer Storms Today – Stronger Over the Weekend

    We received 1.86″of rain in Huntsville Thursday. Some spots had over 3″. Rain chances a little lower today as highs reach the lower to middle 70s. Click here for WHNT News 19’s interactive radar.  If you are heading to A-Day in Tuscaloosa or Auburn, we’re hopeful that rain stays away. The chances of getting wet increase during the early evening and overnight especially in Tuscaloosa. The chances of getting wet on The Plains are a little less. Take the rain gear […]

  • Flood Warning

    Flood Warning Until Noon – Cooler East This Afternoon

    Flash flooding is possible this morning over downtown Huntsville. A flood advisory is in effect until 10:30am for western Madison. Areas to east have a warning up until noon.     Heavy rain and storms move through the Tennessee Valley today especially in Madison County. Click here for the latest radar image. Highs today range from the  lower to middle 60s to the east with middle 70s in the Shoals. Yes, there could be a 10°-15° temperature difference from Lookout Mountain […]

  • Percentages

    On & Off Rain Continues

    I’m sure most are tired of the rainy pattern in the Tennessee Valley. Truthfully, we could use a little more. For 2015, Huntsville is 1.46″ below normal as of midnight Wednesday morning. Areas of rain and possible thunderstorms continue today. There could be a few breaks in the precipitation through the day. Overall plan for a chance of rain through the weekend. Click here to see where the rain is now!   Highs Today In the Lower to Middle 70s […]

  • 7dayrain

    Soggy Pattern Not Going Anywhere

    It might be a long time before we have a “sunny sky” in the Tennessee Valley. We have a stalled out front across the southeast and waves of energy move along that front. That pattern keeps rain in the forecast over the next several days. Highs average in the 70s with lows in the 50s to near 60. Every now and then we’ll get a break from the heavier rain, but sunshine just isn’t in the cards. Click here for […]

  • Highs

    Unsettled Pattern Returns

    It’s amazing how recent weekends in the Tennessee Valley are beautiful and rain returns during the week. Here we go again! Rain is back in the forecast today. Expect a chance of thunderstorms as well. Highs today reach the lower 70s. Winds pick up out of the south with gusts over 20 mph through the day. Click here for the latest radar image!     Thankfully we aren’t expecting severe weather this week. The pattern calls for more of steady […]

  • Grant1

    Lightning Strikes Mobile Home – Rainfall Exits

    Overall it was a quiet event in the Tennessee Valley. Yes, there was lots of rain and lightning, but there were no severe thunderstorm warnings issued for us. Heavy rain and lightning gave us a light show this morning. Thunder woke some of us up early as well. Thankfully there was only one local storm report in the Tennessee Valley. 0450 AM     LIGHTNING        3 ENE GRANT             34.55N 86.20W 04/10/2015                   MARSHALL           AL   EMERGENCY MNGR  LIGHTNING STRUCK TWO MOBILE HOMES ALONG LEMONS […]

  • Potential

    Severe Storms Possible Late Thursday – Early Friday

    Another strong cold front crosses the Tennessee Valley tonight into early Friday bringing more strong to severe thunderstorms. There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms across northwest Alabama late tonight through early Friday. Some of those will likely more across Huntsville and Madison through sunrise Friday. Right now the main threats are wind and hail. The tornado threat at this time is on the low side.     Here is a look at the timing. Expect severe thunderstorms across […]

  • Fog

    Foggy Start – Strong Possible Later This Week

    A portion of the Tennessee Valley is under a *Dense Fog Advisory* until 9am this morning. This includes Madison, Limestone, Lincoln (TN),Morgan, and Cullman Counties points east. Visibilities fluctuate all morning. Allow yourself extra time heading to work and be extra careful where children are present.   Here is a look at visibilities across the region. Keep in mind that they vary all morning. Fog can get even more dense closer to sunrise as the atmosphere continues to cool down. […]

  • Rain Chances

    Warmer Forecast – Low Rain Chances For Now

    Get ready for warmer temperatures in the Tennessee Valley. We’ve officially seen 80° over higher three times in 2015. We have a chance to see that temperature or warmer three times just this week alone! I have lower to middle 80s in the forecast today through Thursday afternoon. The area is now south of a warm front and that south-southwest flow allows our temperatures to get a boost this week!     Rain chances today will be lower compared to […]

  • Highs

    Unsettled This Week

    I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend! The weather turned out pleasant though it was a little chilly Sunday morning. Now we turn to more rain in the Tennessee Valley. Look for showers and possible thunderstorms at anytime and especially this afternoon. Highs reach the upper 60s to lower 70s. Click here for the latest radar image.     Thankfully, these will be non-severe thunderstorms this time. Showers form along a warm front today. These are “elevated” thunderstorms today (non-surface based.) […]