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
  • Onshore flow - coastal flooding & beach erosion

    Warmer Pattern – Improvement In South Carolina

      Our friends in South Carolina feel a little better this morning. The heavy rain is gone and the weather continues to improve. The upper level low continues to move eastward off the middle Atlantic coast. The onshore flow continues to bring coastal flooding and beach erosion to the area. At least the flooding rains are over. You can see how the radar returns are a fraction of what they were a couple of days ago. Expect some problems along […]

  • Regoinal

    Drier Pattern This Week

    I’m thinking most of the Tennessee Valley wouldn’t mind a  little sunshine and dry weather for a bit! We have it in the forecast! The upper level low along the southeast coast finally pulls out this week. This gives us a chance to dry out and warm up! Highs today reach the upper 70s to lower 80s. Expect middle 80s Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! This is very warm for October!   Low pressure off Jacksonville finally departs!   What about […]

  • UGA

    Rainy Friday – Wet Footballs – Joaquin Moving Out?

      We can’t shake the rain in the Tennessee Valley. Today’s forecast won’t be any different. Light rain, cool temperatures, and a stiff north breeze stay in the forecast through Saturday. Highs today struggle to get out of the upper 60s. Light rain continues for most of the area especially east of I-65. Click here for the latest radar image.     High school football doesn’t look promising tonight. Neither does the college games over the weekend. Below is an […]

  • HRRR

    Can’t Shake the Clouds – Major Hurricane Joaquin

      We are so close to a sunny sky in the Tennessee Valley, but we have to wait a little longer. Clouds hold on today with areas of drizzle at times with a little light rain. Expect cooler temperatures with a north-northeast breeze. Highs today range from the middle 60s across east Alabama to the lower 70s further west. Today is a day where if you are socked in with clouds all day, the temperature won’t move much at all. […]

  • HRRR

    Rain Almost Done – Joaquin Getting Stronger

      Some of us get wet today, but we are only taking a few hit and miss showers. Rain totals won’t be much more than a 1/4″.       Our rain chances decrease in the coming days as a cold front moves east of the Tennessee Valley. Showers possible today with highs upper 70s. There is a 30% chance of rain showers this afternoon. Click here for the latest radar image. Most of us stay dry through the weekend. There could […]

  • 7-day Rain

    Rain Hangs Around Just A Little Longer

      We are almost done with the rain. The heaviest precipitation remains south of the Tennessee Valley. Look for moisture to track south to north again today then our typical west to east progression as a cold front moves on Wednesday. Click here for the latest radar image across the area.  The 7-day rain totals aren’t “too high.” We are in the one inch range and it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw less than that. Rain trends have heaviest […]

  • 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 […]

  • TD 11 Satellite

    Clouds Stick Around – Rain Coming

      This is the last week of September with October starting on Thursday. Next month we talk about cold temperatures and the potential for scattered frost. He have none of that in our forecast for a long time. Clouds and rain are in the forecast to start your work week. Most of the rain now is across south Alabama, but it makes its way north through the day. Click here for the latest radar image.     Most of the […]

  • 7 Day Rain

    Rainy Friday – More Unsettled Next Week

      An upper level disturbance moves from east to west across the Tennessee Valley bringing areas of light rain. Most of the activity early this morning is along and east of I-65. Rain totals won’t be much more than .25″. There are pockets of steadier rain through DeKalb County early. Click here for the latest radar image. Temperatures range from the lower 70s over east Alabama to the lower 80s to the far west. This is highly dependent on how […]

  • HRRR

    Higher Rain Chances Ahead

    We could use some rain in the Tennessee Valley. We only sit at 0.78″ for the entire month. Only isolated showers are in the forecast today, but that changes Friday as moisture from the Atlantic heads westward from Georgia into our area. We go from middle 80s today to the upper 70s Friday with a greater chance of scattered showers. If you going to high school games Friday night, don’t be surprised if you get wet. Those east of I-65 […]