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Jason Simpson is WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist. He joined our team in January 2012.

Raised in Holly Pond, Jason is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Prior to joining WHNT News 19, he served as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, working alongside longtime Chief Meteorologist James Spann from 2004 to 2011. Simpson actually began his career while still in college, interning at ABC 33/40 as well. After college, he worked at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi, where he was Chief Meteorologist.

Jason was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal for excellence in television weather in 2007. Simpson graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology.

Jason has covered many weather events from hurricanes to tornadoes and blizzards. Jason was on the air April 27, 2011 and saw firsthand the magnitude of the destruction in different parts of Alabama. After the storm he took action, volunteering in devastated areas to help people rebuild and where he couldn’t go, he sent supplies.

A staunch advocate for science education in the classroom, Jason has been instrumental in building curriculum for elementary and middle school science classes through the "ABC's of Weather" series that he produced for the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative.

Jason and his wife Lacey have two beautiful children: Walt (born in 2011) and Shelby (born in 2013).


Recent Articles
  • Moore Tor

    Moore, Oklahoma tornado radar analysis

    The Moore tornado occurred in an environment that was not especially favorable for development. The storms were very strong, but it was a small-scale (mesoscale) process that turned a big hail storm into a strong tornado. Credit where credit is due – this analysis from from Dr. Jeff Frame from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Click on the images in his Tweets for the full picture: Radar analysis shows that Moore, OK, tornado formed as parent supercell ingested outflow boundary/cold […]

  • SPC Day 2

    Severe storms northwest, just rain for the Valley

    Wednesday’s severe storms in Oklahoma and Arkansas killed at least one person and left a lot of damage behind. Video from @Basehunters of the Sand Springs, OK tornado (west of Tulsa) this afternoon: https://t.co/pR3kRh4MvP — SevereStudios (@severestudios) March 26, 2015 Storms also produced some incredible hail: Hail size of tennis balls at 8:15 pm this evening in Watts Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/hCXvnFRurY — Scott Lea (@scottlea71) March 26, 2015 The storm system bringing the storms to the west gives us a good chance […]

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    Severe storms northwest, just rain here on Thursday

    The Storm Prediction Center posted the first “watch” (a Severe Thunderstorm Watch) this month this afternoon for parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Hail has been the main problem up there today: Check out this hail picture sent in by Mark Byrd from Hume, MO in Bates County pic.twitter.com/LGb2nRlWUq — Storm Track 5 Team (@KCTV5Weather) March 24, 2015 It’s very unusual for the first watch of March to occur this late, but you can be sure it won’t be […]

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    Latest forecast discussion from WHNT.com

    Thanks for visiting Valleywx.com! Our primary forecast discussion is hosted at WHNT.com/Weather.  —————- READ MORE AT WHNT.COM

  • GFS forecast temperature anomaly (max temp) for Saturday (3/28/15)

    Don’t get used to it yet!

    Huntsville’s high Monday was 75ºF, and we will probably get this warmth again (if not a degree or two warmer) through midweek. Don’t get used to it, though! It’s about to turn cold again. A strong cold front moves through here on Thursday with a chance of showers followed by a big surge of colder air. Daytime highs on Saturday may be as much as 12 to 20ºF below normal for March 28th: LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION AT WHNT.COM So what […]

  • An ‘unprecedented’ lack of severe weather so far in 2015

    Tornado season has been very quiet so far (knock on wood). The Storm Prediction Center only counts 28 *reported* tornadoes in 2015; that’s well below normal if you were wondering.  It’s been over 50 days since SPC last issued a watch anywhere in the Continental United States.  Given the weather pattern through the weekend and next week, the odds of having a Tornado Watch are pretty low. This is particularly unusual in March: From the Storm Prediction Center: NORMAN, Okla. During a […]

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    Need a car wash?

    Let’s face it. We could all use a car wash to clean off the sand, salt, and road grime. We are now three weeks past the last major winter storm, but there is still plenty of sloppy, muddy mess on the roads because of all the rain! Why you should wash your car after the wintry weather at WHNT.com March has been wet. Since 1959, we’ve averaged around 10 days of measurable rain in the month of March. We have […]

  • Spring Begins

    Spring arrives on Friday

    In the meteorological world, Spring started on March First, but in the astronomical world (and on your calendar), Spring starts on Friday afternoon at 5:45 PM CDT. Meteorological Spring starts sooner because that’s when the weather usually starts to behave more like the season; considering that record-setting temperature plunge and ice storm in early March, the calendar wins this time. The astronomical season is marked by where the solar angle is 90 degrees; on the Vernal (Spring) and Autumnal (Fall) […]

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    A flip to cooler weather

    A hole in the overcast allowed for a quick temperature jump this afternoon! It turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon after a gray, gloomy start: Bradford pear trees are in full bloom in Alabama. #alwx #valleywx pic.twitter.com/nHbuz5KAAM — Mike Wilhelm (@bamawx) March 18, 2015 Going from overcast late morning to sunny in the afternoon can do wonders for the temperature: We’ve been waiting on the rain for a while now, but outside of some sprinkles, there has been […]

  • From http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/2015/03/17

    Tuesday’s Geomagnetic Storm

    Social media is abuzz with talk of today’s G4 “severe” geomagnetic storm and how it could produce moderate aurora action tonight: A G4 (Severe) geomagnetic storm was observed at 7:58 am MDT this morning. http://t.co/v1HHsf0EcE pic.twitter.com/ifU65YFqLV — NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) March 17, 2015 WATCH: Aurora Lights Up Northern Skies LIVE on AccuWeather! States w/ best view: http://t.co/RBz4rGfLeV #sloohaurora pic.twitter.com/8SLtN1pp62 — AccuWeather.com (@accuweather) March 17, 2015 Really cool, interactive light pollution map, http://t.co/p3qgVENLia, if you are trying to see stars, aurora, […]