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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

    Rain Developing Through the Evening

    Showers from central Alabama move north through the afternoon and early evening. We’re hopefully it won’t be anything like Wednesday where we had flooding, hail, and the one tornado warning in Jackson County around 8:45pm Wednesday evening. Here is a radar image from 1:47pm. Click here to see where the rain is right now.     Showers are possible each day through the weekend. Some communities get a lot while others won’t see much of anything. By Sunday through Tuesday […]

  • Russellville

    Active Wednesday Evening

    It was an active Wednesday evening in the Tennessee Valley. It started with flooding rains in the Shoals. Large hail and damaging winds moved through Decatur around 5-6pm. We had a tornado warning issued for Jackson County around 8:30pm. There was no confirmation or damage with it. Things finally calmed down around 11pm. Here is a look at some the rain totals. Russellville had the most with a Doppler estimated 4-5″. There were two more bulls eyes in Morgan County eastward […]

  • Candi US 43 Russellville

    Active Wednesday Evening

    Heavy storms moved through the Tennessee Valley Wednesday evening.  Heavy rain, lightning, hail, flooding rains impacted the region. Click here for the latest radar image.   Just before 7pm Wednesday   We had several reports of hail and flooding rains. This same system produced a tornado in northern Mississippi earlier! We had several reports of hail in Moulton and Decatur.     Here is a look at some of the pictures across the region.    

  • LSR

    Severe Storms West Of the Valley

    Most of the action remains west of the Tennessee Valley. It won’t surprise me if some of those storms get into the Shoals this evening. There was a tornado warning across northern Mississippi this afternoon that caused some damage to a shed. Things should calm down once the sun goes down. Click here for the latest radar image.     Rain and storms remain in the forecast the rest of the week. Widespread rain isn’t expected. It won’t be until […]

  • Percentages

    Rain For Some – Dry Elsewhere

    This week shapes up to a soaker for some and dry for others. There is not one day ahead that “guarantees” rain everywhere in the Tennessee Valley. Rain chances the next few days hover around 30%-40%. Thankfully no organized severe weather is expected. The Storm Prediction Center has the area under marginal to general thunderstorms over the next three days.     The chance of rain isn’t very high, but as we know, it won’t take much to drop .50″ […]

  • SPC

    Heavy Storms Tuesday – Possibly Severe

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with plenty of showers and storms around. Click here for the latest radar image. Thankfully things should start to calm down once the sun goes down. Rain becomes more isolated during the overnight hours. Some parts of the Shoals saw over 2″ just today.   *As of 2pm – Heavy storms with upwards of 1″-1.5″ moving into Madison County.* Here is latest HRRR model run for this […]

  • Blake Williams - Limestone County

    What Did You See In the Sky Today? Answer: Circumhorizontal Arc

    We had several pictures come in from viewers today seeing a weird phenomenon in the sky.  Here are a couple:     Jason Simpson also did a post on this on May 20th of last year. Amazing it’s two days difference! Click here for his post from 5/20/14.   Here are a few things you need for these to form: Cirrus Clouds High Sun Angle (Above 58°) Sun hits clouds around 90° to light to bend/refract to form colors ***These can’t […]

  • 24

    Unseasonably Cool For Now

    What a day in the Tennessee Valley! Temperatures hold in the lower to middle 60s under a cloudy sky this afternoon. Readings are close to the average overnight low for this time of year. It’s a big difference compared to this time yesterday. We are over 20° cooler in several spots!   24 Hour Temperature Change (2pm) Overnight lows tonight will be chilly for some in the Tennessee Valley. This is typical for mid to late March to have highs […]

  • Regional

    Drier Air & Lower Humidity Coming

    There are a few showers around this evening across the Tennessee Valley. Don’t be surprised to see a few into the overnight as well. Drier air takes over starting Thursday bringing a wonderful stretch of lower humidity and sunny skies to the Tennessee Valley. Click here for the latest radar image.   Thursday will be a great day with only a few showers possible mainly early. Expect a sunny sky during the afternoon and evening with lower humidity. High temperatures […]

  • Wednesday PM

    Low Rain Chances For Now

    The forecast looks good for the next several days. The best chance of showers and storms will be west of I-65 on Wednesday afternoon. Most neighborhood won’t see anything at all. Rain chances go down Thursday through Saturday. Here is the forecast map for Wednesday afternoon.   You can see there is moisture over northeast Mississippi. Some of that could get into the Shoals.   High temperatures on Wednesday average in the lower to middle 80s. The chance of rain […]