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

  • Warming Trend Ahead

    Posted on: 4:11 am, October 23, 2014, by , updated on: 11:14am, October 23, 2014

    High and mid-level clouds stream in this late morning into the early afternoon. Don’t worry about rainfall. None is in...
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  • Dry Air Here To Stay

    Posted on: 4:17 am, October 22, 2014, by

    We started October on the soggy side, now we can’t buy a raindrop! All the rain this morning is over...
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    Hydro
  • Cooler Air Around the Corner

    Posted on: 4:15 am, October 21, 2014, by

    Our pleasant and dry pattern continues. The southeast view is very quiet this morning. Expect a mostly sunny sky today...
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  • No Rain….Dry Pattern Continues

    Posted on: 3:59 am, October 20, 2014, by

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend. High temperatures today and Tuesday reach the lower 70s under a partly cloudy. Right...
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  • Cooler Weekend Forecast

    Posted on: 7:43 am, October 17, 2014, by

    Fog is an issue this morning. Visibilities are low along US 72 in Jackson County. We received a report of...
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    850 temperatures
  • Pleasant Afternoon

    Posted on: 12:23 pm, October 16, 2014, by

    Clouds hold on for some, more sun for others. The view from Monte Sano shows broken clouds over Huntsville. The...
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    MonteSano
  • Sunshine Around the Corner

    Posted on: 4:17 am, October 16, 2014, by

    Cloud cover finally exits the Tennessee Valley over the next couple of days. The upper level low moves eastward allowing...
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  • Cloudy Wednesday

    Posted on: 4:08 am, October 15, 2014, by

    Cloud cover holds on this Wednesday with spotty light rainfall. Don’t expect anything severe like we had Monday night into...
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    850 temperatures
  • Improving Conditions

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, October 14, 2014, by

    Survey teams are in Colbert & Cullman Counties to see if tornadoes did damage from recent storm activity. Meanwhile, things...
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    MonteSano
  • Eclipse Photos

    Posted on: 8:12 am, October 8, 2014, by

    Rain and clouds kept several locations in the Tennessee Valley from viewing the eclipse from 5:25am to 6:24am this morning....
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    Ramona Edwards - Grant