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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
  • Rain

    Higher Humidity – Higher Rain Chances

    There are subtle differences to the airmass this morning. It’s a little warmer and more humid compared to this time yesterday. Don’t be surprised to see a few showers pop up this afternoon into the early evening. The orientation of the showers move from east to west across the Tennessee Valley today. The risk of a shower is only 10% and most won’t see anything. We expect a dry forecast for high school football tonight.     The greatest chance […]


    Humidity Creeps Back

    It’s still August and it’s still summer. Keep that in mind when you see the extended forecast. It’s been nice to feel a taste of fall as of late. That temporarily ends starting Friday. In the short-term, enjoy this afternoon. Highs reach the middle 80s under a mostly sunny sky. You can see clouds over east Alabama with this output today. This is a sign of things to come!     Humidity and rain chances are on the increase this […]

  • Unisys

    Another Winner Today!

    I don’t think you can ask for a better weather forecast for late August than what we have now. We hit 83 on Tuesday afternoon and expect a similar scenario today. Sunshine and lower humidity dominate the Tennessee Valley for now. We see middle 80s today with a few upper 70s in the higher elevations of northeast Alabama this afternoon. Enjoy!   Lower to middle 80s Today – Upper 70s Possible Sand Mtn./Lookout Mtn.   How dry is the air? […]

  • 24 hour temp

    Almost Perfect!

    What a start to your Tuesday morning. Temperatures are much cooler compared to this time yesterday. Readings are in the 50s and 60s. It’s a nice change from the rain and high humidity! Enjoy the early morning commute. No issues at the bus stop this morning. So far we haven’t had any reports of dense fog.   Temperatures are much cooler this morning!   Expect a sunny sky this afternoon with low humidity. Highs today reach the lower 80s! No […]

  • Highs

    Drier Air Moves In

    There are a few showers this morning along with locally dense fog. The big story this week is dry and little rain over the next seven days. Take care this morning with locally dense fog in the Tennessee Valley. Reduced visibilities will be a problem to around 8am-8:30am.   Highs today reach the middle 80s under a partly cloudy. The risk of a shower is small (10%) and that occurs mainly this morning with the passage of a cold front […]

  • Dewpoints

    More Comfortable Friday – Limited Rain This Weekend

    The cold front is now south of the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures are cooler this morning and the air is a touch drier. It won’t feel bad this afternoon to be outside. Temperatures warm into the upper 80s with a light northwest wind. The humidity won’t be as bad which is music to high school football players’ ears! Hopefully fields dry out some today making way for the first Friday of high school football! Here is a look at the 24-hour […]

  • Regional

    Just A Little Longer!

    One more day of scattered to numerous storms in the Tennessee Valley then we’ll be home free for awhile! We added another 0.67″ to the rain bucket in Huntsville on Wednesday. Some parts of Sand Mountain had over 2″ of rain! Here is the latest rain update for Huntsville. Click here to see where it’s raining! Wednesday: 0.67″ August: 5.78″ (+3.50″) 2015: 39.35″ (+4.36″) Most Rain: AL-75 from Rainsville to Geraldine/Just east of Huntsville International Airport   Rain and storms […]

  • Regional

    Drier Air Not Far Away

    Several folks are tired of the rain. Remember it’s the middle of August, we could easily be in the upper 90s with heat indices around 110°. Rain totals climb again today as a cold front moves in from the west. Here is a look at the 24-hour rain totals from Tuesday. The yellow areas show some of the heaviest rain. Click here to see where the rain is now. The Shoals didn’t see much on Tuesday!   This afternoon calls […]

  • Four

    Tropical Depression #4 Forms

    This system is way out in the eastern Atlantic. It’s expected to strengthen in the coming days and could become a hurricane. Danny is the next name on the list. It would be the fourth named storm of the otherwise quiet hurricane season.   This system is almost 3000 miles from the southeast United States coast.   T.D. #4 becoming Danny soon and a hurricane by Thursday.   Here is a look at the NHC discussion: TROPICAL DEPRESSION FOUR DISCUSSION […]

  • Scattered Showers This Afternoon

    More Rain – Possible Tropical Development

    Rain continues to track through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Locally heavy downpours are your way to work and school. Like yesterday, rain moves from southwest to northeast across the region. Click here for the latest radar image.  You can see below the Monday rain totals. Northern Madison and southern middle Tennessee saw heavy rain along with areas to the east around Fort Payne. Upwards of 3″ of rain fell.   Monday’s Rain Totals (Highest Totals In Yellow)   This […]