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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
  • Regional

    Time To Crank Up the Heat

    We knew the cloudy, rainy pattern wouldn’t last. It’s time for true summertime heat in the Tennessee Valley. We hit 89° on Monday afternoon in Huntsville with only 0.02″ of rain. Today expect hotter temperatures with only a few widely showers. Highs today reach the upper 80s to lower 90s. It only gets hotter from here.     We talked about how the upper ridge was displaced across Florida the last couple of weeks. That allowed a cold front along with […]

  • Percentage

    Hotter Temperatures This Week

    After a soggy pattern, we shift gears later this week. Hotter temperatures, lower rain chances start on Tuesday. Expect lower to middle 90s with heat indices in the 100° range. This afternoon there will be a few showers around, but no organized severe weather is in the forecast.     A large ridge of high pressure takes over later this week. We talked about this last week. The system still remains over Florida, but is forecast to move north closer […]

  • Watch

    Flash Flooding An Issue Through Saturday

    It’s a wet early morning commute in the Tennessee Valley.  Many of you are seeing heavy thunderstorms on your drive to work this morning.  Click here for the latest radar image. A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday night for an additional 2-4″ of rain across the area. Some parts of southern Madison saw over 2″ just this morning. Expect the rain to pick up shortly through the metro.     The Tennessee Valley is under a *slight […]

  • SPC

    More Severe Storms Possible Today

    The Tennessee Valley is under a *slight risk* for severe thunderstorms again this afternoon. Several disturbances continue to track from the northwest to the southeast over the region increasing our chances of locally heavy rain, gusty winds, and dangerous lightning. Any one storm can drop a quick inch of rain raising the flooding concern. Click here for the latest radar image.     Temperatures this afternoon reach the middle 80s with temperatures holding in the 70s through the late afternoon […]

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    Unsettled Pattern Hangs Around

    More showers and storms are in the forecast not only today, but the rest of the week. Disturbances continue to move from west to east across the Tennessee Valley and they mean business. Storms could go severe at anytime with the main threat being damaging winds, hail, and dangerous lightning. The Storm Prediction Center has all of the area under a *slight risk* for severe storms today and tomorrow. Click here for the latest radar image.     Rain and […]

  • Radar

    Live Blog – Severe Thunderstorms Moving Through the Valley!

    Severe thunderstorms move through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Click here for the latest radar update!   Albertville around 9:45am  

  • Lightning

    More Storms Through Late Week

    After a steamy pattern last week with temperatures in the 90s, we shift gears with readings in the middle to upper 80s this week. Showers and storms are possible at anytime today. Click here for the latest radar image across the Tennessee Valley. I took this picture from Chapman this morning around 2:45am. This is a distant storm near Athens about 30 miles away.     Expect another warm and humid afternoon with highs in the middle to upper 80s. […]

  • Higher Chance Tuesday

    Rain Chances Increasing

    A cold front moves closer to the Tennessee Valley in the coming days increasing our chance of showers and storms. We can’t rule out a shower later this morning mainly in the southern middle Tennessee. The greater chance moves in this afternoon through the evening hours. Temperatures top out in the middle to upper 80s. At least we see a break from the high heat we had last week. Click here for the latest radar image.     With the […]

  • Hottest

    Hottest Air Since 2012 Ahead

    We’ve been in the middle to upper 90s as of late in the Tennessee Valley. Just wait until next week when we see triple digits! This will be the warmest stretch since 2012! Summer officially begins Sunday morning at 11:39 CT, but it seems like it’s been here for a lot longer!       We get a break in our short-term forecast for a couple of reasons: The large ridge of high pressure is just to our east and […]

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    DeKalb County Storms From Wednesday Night

    Here is a facebook post from Melissa Lewis Thursday morning. She lives in Rainsville: “If anyone on my street is missing your trampoline. It’s in my tree. Sorry for your loss.” Heavy storms moved through DeKalb County Wednesday night between 10pm-11pm. Here is a look at some of the reflectivity from last night. The red and orange and even a little pink indicate some of the heavier downpours.     Rainfall estimates near Rainsville and Fyffe were around 2″.     […]