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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
  • EURO

    Cloudy & Cool – Flurries Possible Christmas Eve

    Let’s get to the potential for snow flurries first in the Tennessee Valley. It’s several days away, but it’s looking more and more like someone will see snow flakes later next week. First, rain is in the forecast Tuesday. As cold air wraps around the system, the rain changes to a brief period of light snow or flurries early on Christmas Eve (Wednesday). Little or no accumulation is expected at this time. If anyone sees a dusting it would be […]

  • Rain

    Watching Several Systems Through Christmas Eve

    Look for a chance of light rain through Christmas Eve in the Tennessee Valley. It won’t rain the whole time from now until then, but several systems move through. The first one impacts some of us this morning. A few showers fall in southern middle Tennessee. The bulk of rain/snow stays to our north and west today. The chance of rain is only 20% and most only receive a few hundredths of an inch through this morning. Temperatures this afternoon […]

  • Reg

    Gray Wednesday

    It’s a cloudy, cool Wednesday in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures likely stay in the middle to upper 40s all afternoon. Winds are up a little making wind chills dip into the upper 30s. Don’t expect any rain today. That changes by the end of the week. Here is a look from Monte Sano at lunch time.                                                 Monte Sano at 11am Wednesday Morning   The visible satellite image shows clouds dominating the Tennessee Valley. Don’t expect much of any […]

  • Future

    Clouds Hang Around

    It’s a cooler start this morning. Yesterday most of the Tennessee Valley was in the 40s and 50s. This morning, temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. Jackets are required all day. No rain for now, but that changes later this week and especially this weekend.   Highs this afternoon only make it into the middle to upper 40s. Don’t expect much of a warming trend over the next several days. At least there is no brutally cold, arctic air […]

  • Monte Sano

    Pleasant Weekend Ahead

    It’s a beautiful Friday. A sunny sky dominates the area. Here is a look around Madison County just before noon.   Temperatures over the next few days finally warm up near or above the seasonal average of 54°. With a mostly sunny sky, it will feel great to get outside this weekend. Here are your temperatures for this afternoon. Enjoy your Friday, a good one is in the forecast!   This weekend’s events shouldn’t have any problem either. It will […]

  • DMA 24-Hour Temperature Change

    Cooler Temperatures Holding On

    We only made it to 45° in Huntsville Wednesday. With a cloudy sky and a gusty wind, it felt even cooler! It’s a colder start this morning in the Tennessee Valley. We are in the upper 20s to lower 30s. At least the wind isn’t as bad as yesterday. You’ll need the jacket all day! Warmer temperatures eventually return by the weekend. Highs reach the upper 50s to lower 60s Saturday and Sunday. Don’t expect any weather issues for the […]

  • BNA2

    Cloudy Wednesday Afternoon

    Clouds hold tough approaching noon in the Tennessee Valley. Here is the visible image from outer space. The visible satellite is a “picture” of what’s going on. You can see the cloud deck holds on from central Alabama far to the north. Don’t expect too much sun this afternoon. With that, temperatures struggle to get out of the middle to upper 40s today.     Lake Guntersville along with all of the Tennessee Valley looks just like this. With a […]

  • National

    Chilly Days Ahead

    We started December on the wet side, now we transition to a drier and cooler pattern. With a stiff north wind this morning, it feels even colder than the middle to upper 30s. Some parts of DeKalb & Marshall Counties have wind chills in the middle to upper 20s this morning!   Early Morning Wind Chill This afternoon highs only reach the middle 40s. With a gusty north wind, it will feel even cooler. This is a big change from […]

  • 24

    Cooler Air Takes Over

    Temperatures are much cooler this morning compared to this time yesterday. We are in the 30s opposed to the 40s. This pattern sticks around for the next few days.   Cooler Than Yesterday! Temperatures won’t be bad this afternoon, but the northwest winds will howl! We’ll have those gusting over 20 mph this afternoon. The upper 40s to lower 50s will feel just a little cooler! We’ll start Thursday and Friday mornings in the upper 20s! This is more like […]

  • Rain

    Cool & Dry Pattern This Week

    It was a wet start to December. That’s typical. We average almost six inches for the month which is the highest of any month in Huntsville. We do shift gears this week with a drier pattern. Only a few showers today otherwise it’s a quiet week ahead!     There are no big surprises nationally temperature wise. Most of the nation is near normal today. There is colder air in Canada and eventually we get a taste of it later […]