Ben Smith

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

  • Pleasant Easter

    Posted on: 4:40 am, April 20, 2014, by

    We are in between systems in the Tennessee Valley. One upper low is to our east and moisture gathers across...
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  • Low Rain Chances Through Easter

    Posted on: 3:54 am, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 11:29am, April 17, 2014

    Temperatures are pleasant approaching noon. We are already in the lower 60s with some spots hitting 70° this afternoon. The...
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  • Milder Afternoon – Warmer Easter Weekend

    Posted on: 11:27 am, April 16, 2014, by

    It was a cold start this morning with a thick coating of frost on many windshields across the Tennessee Valley....
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    Guntersville
  • Frosty Wednesday

    Posted on: 4:05 am, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 08:11am, April 16, 2014

      Here is what you will encounter heading out the door this morning. This is the front of my pick-up...
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    Ben Smith's pick-up truck Wednesday Morning
  • Crazy Morning – Sleet & Snow Reports; Cold Air Settles In

    Posted on: 10:51 am, April 15, 2014, by

    It was a wacky morning in the Tennessee Valley. After highs in the lower 80s over the weekend, some spots...
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  • Blood Moon Pictures

    Posted on: 7:47 am, April 15, 2014, by

    We missed the Blood Moon this morning in the Tennessee Valley thanks to clouds and rain. However, several of our...
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    Kristin Burns - Miami, FL
  • Rainy Start – Breezy & Cooler

    Posted on: 3:58 am, April 15, 2014, by

    Unfortunately, the clouds and rain kept the Tennessee Valley from seeing the Blood Moon this morning. Here is a photo...
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  • More Rain This Afternoon – Then Colder

    Posted on: 10:46 am, April 14, 2014, by

    Here are a few rain totals from this morning: Hartselle: 0.91″ Downtown Decatur: 0.85″ Guntersville: 0.79″ Albertville: 0.71″ Madison: 0.70″...
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  • Blood Moon Tuesday Morning

    Posted on: 10:04 am, April 14, 2014, by

    The United States including the Tennessee Valley has a chance to witness a “blood moon” Tuesday morning. This occurs when...
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    Photo Courtesy Of NASA
  • Rainy Monday

    Posted on: 3:02 am, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 07:50am, April 14, 2014

    Heavy rain moves through Marshall County this morning. It’s starting to lighten up a little in Madison County. Expect on...
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    Image at 7:45am Monday