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

  • Lower Rain Chances Ahead

    Posted on: 3:48 am, September 1, 2014, by

    I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend. So far it’s been soggy. Things improve today with only isolated...
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    what to expect
  • Rain Expected This Weekend

    Posted on: 4:09 am, August 29, 2014, by

    We need the rain, but the timing isn’t great with it being the Labor Day weekend and the first Saturday...
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    Through Early Monday
  • In Line For Rain This Weekend

    Posted on: 4:35 am, August 28, 2014, by

    Everything points to a chance of showers and storms this weekend. Right now, the best chance of getting wet will...
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    Rain Chances
  • Dry A Little Longer

    Posted on: 3:57 pm, August 27, 2014, by

    The forecast looks good over the next couple of days in the Tennessee Valley. Warm and dry air holds on...
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    Hydro
  • Rain On Tap This Weekend

    Posted on: 3:54 am, August 27, 2014, by

    In our short-term forecast, cooler temperatures and patchy fog dominate. Visibilities are as low as a 1/4 mile in spots....
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    Hydro
  • Breaking Down Weekend Rain Chances

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, August 26, 2014, by

    I know it’s early, but many people will hit the road this weekend for the Labor Day holiday. It’s also...
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    Saturday Evening
  • Dry Air Holds On

    Posted on: 3:47 am, August 26, 2014, by

    We only hit 88° on Monday after a steamy weekend. Dry air holds on today and Wednesday. Temperatures top out...
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    WaterVapor
  • Drier Air Builds In

    Posted on: 11:20 am, August 25, 2014, by

    It feels pleasant outside this late morning through the early afternoon. Temperatures are cooler, the air is drier than it...
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    Dewpoints In the 60s - Dry Air!
  • Not As Hot This Week

    Posted on: 4:03 am, August 25, 2014, by

    After seeing 97° Saturday and 95° Sunday, our weather pattern shifts this week. The water vapor image shows drier air...
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    WaterVapor
  • Steamy Weekend

    Posted on: 3:59 am, August 22, 2014, by , updated on: 04:22am, August 22, 2014

    We hit 96° for the second straight day in Huntsville Thursday. Expect middle to upper 90s this afternoon for most....
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