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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
  • Afternoon "Feels Like'' Temperatures

    “Bye- Bye 60s” – Rain This Weekend

    Raise your hand if you loved Thursday afternoon? (I raised mine!) We hit the lower to middle 60s across the Tennessee Valley. It will be a long time before we see highs like that. A cold front is now east of the region this morning. Highs today won’t get out of the 40s. That’s only part of the story. A gusty north wind makes it feel even cooler this afternoon. We’ll likely be in the 30s for wind chills all […]

  • Low Totals

    Minimal Chance Of Rain Today

    This cold front that moves through today isn’t a strong one. Only a few showers are in the forecast through the day and there will be some communities that won’t see anything at all. Highs today reach the upper 50s to lower 60s despite a mostly cloudy sky.     Here is a look at futurecast this afternoon. Again, this is not a big deal. Spotty showers at best today. I have the risk at 20%. Rain totals won’t get […]

  • Futurecast

    Mild Stretch – Northeast Blizzard Ending

    We have a mild stretch ahead in the Tennessee Valley. Today’s highs reach the lower to middle 50s with middle to upper 50s on Thursday. Don’t expect any rain today, but that changes tomorrow.     On Thursday, a cold front moves in. This is a very weak system. It wouldn’t surprise me if neighborhoods see only a few drops of rain if anything at all. The best chance of a few showers will be Thursday afternoon. Once the front […]

  • Rain

    Quiet Here – Blizzard Conditions In the Northeast

    Our forecast looks good today. Clouds want to hang around, but do expect some sun through the day. Highs could be tricky. If the clouds don’t break or break late in the day, we only get into the middle 40s. If we get sun a little earlier, we’ll see upper 40s to lower 50s this afternoon. Either way, no rain is in the forecast today or tomorrow.     Rain chances are slim until we get to the weekend. A […]

  • Rainsville

    Cloudy, Breezy, & Chilly Monday

    It’s a grey and chilly Monday in the Tennessee Valley. Winds gusts over 20 mph the rest of the afternoon. The upper 30s feel  more like upper 20s this afternoon. Thankfully the light drizzle we had this morning is now east of the area. The strong, gusty winds help to dry things out there rest of the afternoon. Here is a look at Rainsville just before noon today. It’s overcast and chilly!     The visible satellite tells the story. […]

  • Temperatures Today

    Breezy & Cool Afternoon – Northeast Blizzard

    Expect a breezy and cool afternoon in the Tennessee Valley with temperatures holding in the 40s. With a gusty wind taking over, you’ll need the jacket all day.  Wind chill factors stay in the 30s all day!   Rain chances aren’t that impressive over the next several days. We have a weak system this morning bringing light drizzle. There is another cold front on Thursday that could get us wet, but that system isn’t very strong either. The next best […]

  • Rain & Snow Mix

    Cold, Rainy Friday – Some Snow Possible Late

    The main story on this Friday will be cold and wet conditions in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures struggle all day. We won’t make it out of the middle 40s. It will likely be colder this afternoon opposed to late this morning. Here are your readings you can expect later today.     Click here for the latest radar across the Tennessee Valley! 24 Hour Rain Potential   Now to the chance of snow. There is a chance, but it’s not […]

  • Ben 1

    Cooler This Afternoon – Rainy Friday

    A cold front crossed the region overnight. It didn’t bring any rain with it, but it will cool us down today. Thankfully this wasn’t an arctic boundary. We are in the 30s and 40s this morning. Here is a comparison to yesterday’s readings at this time.     This afternoon looks good, but don’t expect 60s today. Highs in the middle to upper 50s won’t be bad. That is still above the average. We should be in the lower 50s […]

  • Futurecast

    Another Winner This Afternoon

    If you listen closely you can hear the cheers and applause across the Tennessee Valley! Expect another beautiful afternoon with highs in the lower to middle 60s. A cold front crosses the area tonight into Wednesday cooling us down just a little bit. Highs in the middle to upper 50s is still very pleasant for this time of year. Things change closer to the weekend. Another mild afternoon!   Here comes the next system Friday into the weekend. There is […]

  • Futurecast

    Mild MLK Day – Late Week Questions

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend! We hit 59° in Huntsville with 60° in the Shoals. Today will be similar with a large high pressure zone to the southwest. That keeps us dry and mild for now. The next couple of days look good! We see the lower 60s today and tomorrow before more changes move in.   Beautiful MLK Day Here is the national scene. Dry air keeps us nice until late week. After that, we have some questions! […]