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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
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    Ice Accumulation Likely Early Thursday

    The winter storm watch is up for northwest Alabama because they have the highest chance of ice accumulations around .25″. That is the threshold for a winter storm watch when the forecast calls for that much ice. That doesn’t mean areas  to the south and east is out of the woods. Ice accumulations won’t be as high, therefore the watch doesn’t include Scottsboro and Albertville. With that said, ice is still in the forecast and look for a winter weather advisory to […]

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    Ice Accumulations Still Likely Thursday

    Just how much is the question. This isn’t set in stone for snow and ice accumulations for the Tennessee Valley. I think that is the reason why the Tennessee Valley isn’t under a winter storm watch for now. Typically for a winter storm watch to be issued there must be either 2″ of snow excepted or .25″ of ice. Anything less than that, a winter weather advisory will be issued. Right now, there just not enough hard data to pull […]

  • Wednesday Night

    March Madness

    Most of the time when we talk about March Madness, it’s about basketball. Buzzer beaters and the #12 seed making a run to the Sweet Sixteen. Well, this time it’s all about the weather. In the month of March, all bets are off. We can literally get anything and this week could live up to it. Here is what is possible over the next five days: Thunderstorms Highs Around 70° Lows In the Teens & 20s Snow, Sleet, and Freezing […]

  • Rain

    Times Are Changing

    I hope you enjoyed the snow! It won’t be long before it’s gone. We got some good melting for several spots Thursday with afternoon sun and temperatures above freezing. Today will be a similar forecast with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Roads are slushy this morning in spots and be careful where some of the snow melted and run off into the road. Some of that is refreezing as well.   Above Freezing – More Melting Today! […]

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    Snow Develops – Hazardous Travel This Afternoon

    You should be making last second preparations this morning as snow develops this afternoon and lasts through the evening. Looks for snow and sleet to break out to the west about 10am to noon. It overspreads everyone through the afternoon and evening before tapering off around midnight. We are confident most of the Tennessee Valley will be see 2″-4″ totals with locally higher amounts south and east of Huntsville. Like southern storms, there will be a band of 6″-8″ somewhere […]


    Morning Sleet & Snow – A White Wednesday Likely

    This morning sleet and snow fell across the Tennessee Valley early this morning. Reports came from Madison County to Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain of mixed precipitation.  WHNT News 19’s Jeff Gray reported slick spots on I-565 and Washington Street at 4am. We also got this picture in from Angel Woodall in Langston with sleet on her car. Click the link below. It shows several pictures in the Tennesssee Valley this morning. Click here for the latest radar image.     This […]

  • WW Advisory

    BLOG: Monday morning freezing drizzle

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– This is an archived live blog. Below, you’ll find minute-by-minute updates on how Monday morning’s freezing drizzle impacted travel across the Tennessee Valley.

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    Questions About Wednesday

    There is plenty of chatter about Wednesday’s storm across the Tennessee Valley. Check back for further updates and adjustments!  With it being Monday morning, it’s too early to make a definite forecast. However, it’s something to watch. There will be a developing area of low pressure to our south and it’s forecast to move across the state Wednesday afternoon into the evening. At that time, there could be enough cold air in place to produce snow across the Tennessee Valley. How […]

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    9AM Friday Morning Update

    We are getting a few reports of light snow and flurries across the Tennessee Valley just after 9am. A viewer in Red Bay reported light snow. Precipitation expands over the next several hours. There could be slick spots in the Shoals as we head toward lunch time. All of the moisture moves east!  Click here for the latest radar image.   Light snow moving through west Alabama and Mississippi just after 9am     Warnings and advisories continue for all […]

  • Snow

    Several Questions On Friday’s Storm

    In the short-term forecast, wind chills are an issue today. Highs only reach the middle 20s, but your “feels like” temperature stays in the teens all afternoon. Moisture develops to our southwest setting the stage for another bout of wintry weather in the Tennessee Valley Friday into Friday night.   Feeling Like In the Teens This Afternoon   Now to the situation setting up for Friday. There are questions for Friday’s precipitation that will make the difference between having a […]