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
  • DMA Morning Lows

    Very Cold Monday Morning

    Here is a look at some of the lows from Monday morning. We didn’t set any records. The record for the day is 15° in 1976. The average for this time of year is 41°. Frankewing and Cherokee were in the upper teens this morning.     Here are more locations: Bankhead National Forest: 24° Courtland: 23° Crossville: 23° Russellville: 18° Valley Head: 21°   Here are a few Facebook temperatures: Nancy Norwood – East Limestone: 23° Carol Wilder – […]

  • Big Trough!

    Weekend Changes

      Enjoy this afternoon. Lots of sunshine for your Friday with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Don’t expect any problems for high school playoff action tonight. Temperatures at kickoff will be in the 50s and a few upper 40s by the second half. Things change this weekend with a cold front moving through the Tennessee Valley.     A cold front approaches on Saturday. This won’t be a big deal. Only a few isolated showers are possible […]

  • Regional

    Quiet Pattern Returns – Colder Weekend

      After heavy rain and flooding in the Tennessee Valley, our weather patterns shifts to a dry and cooler one. After a foggy start, sunshine is a welcome sight with highs in the middle to upper 60s this afternoon. We won’t have any problems tonight or on Friday including high school football playoff action. Enjoy your Thursday! Highs in the 60s! Here is a look at the kickoff temperatures for Football Friday! No problems for playoff action Friday evening.   […]

  • Sondra Castell - Florence

    Your photos of the super blood moon from around the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – Valley residents did their best to get a peek at the supermoon Sunday evening.  However, it was cloudy for most of us. It looks like if you live in the Shoals, you had good fortune!  We also got a few pictures from Marshall and Jackson counties. If you have pictures from Sunday night’s eclipse, click the ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below to add them straight to this gallery. You can also email them to Please include […]

  • Huntsville

    Get Ready For Wind & Rain

      Waking up you can feel the weather pattern changing. Winds gusts to over 20 mph this morning and they will only get stronger from here. The view from the station at downtown Huntsville shows the flags at Veterans Memorial Park working hard! We aren’t expecting much of any rain today, but that changes in a hurry early Wednesday through the afternoon. Click here for the latest radar image. Let’s start with the wind. With a  strong cold front approaching […]

  • Heavy Rain Wednesday

    Wednesday Update – Mainly Heavy Rain & Wind

      Things could change, but at this point it looks like a heavy rain and wind event in the Tennessee Valley Tuesday night into Wednesday. The best chance of severe weather stays south and west of the area. Wind picks up Tuesday ahead of a strong cold front. Expect gusts up to 30 mph during the afternoon and evening.   Windy Conditions Likely Tuesday Afternoon & Evening   A line of strong thunderstorms approaches the Tennessee Valley after midnight Tuesday […]

  • Regional

    Pleasant Weekend – Watching Next Week For Storms

        Enjoy this weekend! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast with below average temperatures. We start Saturday and Sunday morning around freezing or just below in several spots. You’ll need the jacket all weekend and don’t forget the rake! So many leaves are down with the recent wind and rain. Here is a look at the very quiet regional scene and highs through the weekend.     No problems for college football games this weekend. It will be […]

  • Florence

    Sunshine Returns – Chilly Weekend

      The sun takes over the Tennessee Valley today as our cold front moves east of the region. Thankfully we had just a little rain and some wind with it. Here is a look at Florence from our Jack’s Camera Network just after 8am. The sun is out! Just after 8am Thursday High pressure takes over our forecast through the weekend. We aren’t expecting any problems. Sunny days and chilly nights are in the forecast. Highs only reach the upper 50s […]

  • Regional

    Some Rain Tonight – Turning Colder

    Thankfully we get through this Veterans Day rain-free. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon west of the Tennessee Valley. By the time they get here, there won’t be much left.  Click here for the latest radar image. The best chance of rain will be after midnight lasting into the wee hours of Thursday morning. There could be some thunder overnight. Don’t be surprised to a wake-up call at 1am-2am. The storms won’t be as strong as out west […]

  • Monte Sano

    Finally Some Sunshine

      The sun returns today as high pressure takes over the Tennessee Valley. Highs today reach the middle 60s across east Alabama with upper 60s to near 70 out west. Expect a partly cloudy sky for your Tuesday afternoon.   Things change again late Wednesday into early Thursday. A cold front approaches the Tennessee Valley during this time. Rain and possible thunderstorms are in the forecast. Thankfully we aren’t expecting a severe weather event here. You might hear a few […]