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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.


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    Colder Arrives In the Tennessee Valley

    I hope you enjoyed the 70s! They are gone until next week. Colder air filters into the area this morning. The steadier rain is now east of the Tennessee Valley. Now we have to deal with a chillier Friday afternoon. Click here for the latest rain image. Here is the 24-hour temperature change as of early this morning. We started Thursday in the lower to middle 60s. We won’t get above that point until Sunday afternoon!   Temperatures today struggle. […]

  • Rainy & Cooler Late Evening

    Cooler & Wetter Change Ahead

    We were in the middle to upper 70s Wednesday afternoon in the Tennessee Valley. Today’s forecast turns cooler and wetter this afternoon. A cold front approaches from the west today bringing more rain and possible thunderstorms. Thankfully severe weather isn’t in the forecast for us like our neighbors to the west in Oklahoma and Arkansas. We start mild and dry, but look for rain this afternoon with cooler temperatures by this evening. We drop from the upper 60s to lower […]

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    More 70s Today – Rainy Thursday

    We hit 76° in Huntsville Tuesday afternoon. Expect more warm weather this afternoon before more changes head our way. We reach the middle to upper 70s today with a few more clouds around. You might encounter a brief shower, but most of the light rain/scattered showers arrive Thursday afternoon.     Rain totals aren’t very impressive. Most should see about .25″ to .75″ through late week. Thankfully the chance of severe weather is slim to none. That wasn’t the case […]

  • Highs

    Up & Down Temperatures/Rain Chances

    With highs in the middle 70s Monday, you might say winter temperatures are over. Not just yet. Temperatures and rain chances are up and down through the weekend. Pay close attention to the weather over the next several days. First, the nice weather holds on for another afternoon. Highs this afternoon reach the middle 70s under a partly sunny sky. With a light and variable southeast wind, it will feel great to get outside again today.     To the wet […]

  • Highs

    Drier Air Ahead – Weekend Freeze

    I’m sure many are tired of the rainy weather. Things improve today with light showers moving out of the region. Look for a drier afternoon with highs in the middle to upper 60s. Click here for the latest radar image across the Tennessee Valley.  Here are your updated rain totals: Sunday’s Total: 0.23″ March’s Total: 4.54″ Normal for the Month: 5.21″ (0.67″ To Go.) Hopefully we’ll see a little sun this afternoon. The weather pattern improves today and tomorrow before […]

  • Today

    Some Rain – Some Sun

    There are showers, but it won’t rain all day. I wouldn’t even expect heavy downpours. Take the umbrella just in case as highs reach the middle 60s this afternoon. Rain totals won’t exceed .25″ today. Click here for the latest radar image. By Saturday, a drier northwest flow takes over. It will be cool in the morning, but a pleasant Saturday afternoon. Highs reach the lower 70s under a partly sunny sky. Saturday will be the best day of the […]

  • RAIN REGIONAL

    Rainy Pattern For Now

      We wake up to showers in the area, but don’t expect anything too heavy. It won’t rain all day either. The best chance to get wet will be this morning followed by just a few widely scattered showers through the afternoon. Click here for the latest radar image. This afternoon expect a mostly cloudy sky with temperatures in the upper 50s to middle 60s. Showers are possible, but not as widespread as this morning.   Rain chances over the […]

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    Cyclone Pam – South Pacific

    It’s not too often we get to talk about a Category 5 tropical system making landfall. We have that today in the Southern Pacific. Cyclone Pam has winds sustained at 165 mph this morning with gusts to over 200 mph. Remember the southern hemisphere is in the summer time and this is their “hurricane season.” Here is a look where the system is. It’s just over a 1000 miles from Sydney, Australia.   Here is a closer look at the […]

  • Flood

    Just A Little More Rain

    I know we are tired of the rain the Tennessee Valley. Just a couple more days and we are in the clear! Here is the flood watch up until Saturday. We could see another 1-2″ before things dry out over the weekend. Click here for the latest radar image across the area.   Here is the next seven-day rainfall total. Keep in mind this total is with the next two systems, not just the one that will impact the region […]

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    More Rain Coming – Then A Break

    At least we got a break from the steady rain on Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, there is more on the way. Showers develop to our southwest. Expect more wet weather this afternoon into the evening. Thankfully, we aren’t expecting severe thunderstorms. Be careful where water covers the road and be on the lookout for standing water. Most of the Tennessee Valley have seen around 2″ or more of rain in the last couple of days. Couple that with the recent snow, […]