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
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    Atlantic 2015 Hurricane Season ends on a quiet note

    Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, and as the season closes, we can look back at the forecast and see that it was pretty darn close. It has now been 3,689 days (10 years, 1 month and 6 days) since a major (Category 3 or higher) storm has made landfall on the United States coastline; that was Wilma in 2005. These are the names used in 2015; Joaquin was the only “major” hurricane in the Atlantic this season. […]

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    Little by little rainfall adds up and temperatures come back down

    It has been an unusually warm Autumn, and that is a little out-of-the-ordinary for an El Niño year.  Typically, Fall and Winter are wetter and cooler than average temperatures and precipitation totals over the past 30 years. September was 1.4ºF above the 30-year average for Huntsville.  October ended up 2.3ºF above normal, and so far November is running warm as well: 4.4ºF above normal.  September, October and outside of that deluge last week, November has been on the dry side. No wonder […]

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    Secondary severe weather season in progress

    It has been 180 days since the last time the National Weather Service in Huntsville triggered a Tornado Warning for the Tennessee Valley; six months ago a rogue summertime thunderstorm in late May did not actually produce a tornado, but it had a strong enough signature to warrant concern. To say it’s been quiet here would be an understatement, but one glance at the map to shows it has been an active Fall to our west.  At least 10 tornadoes occurred in […]

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    Winter’s chill looking more substantial in December

    Fall flew by, didn’t it? We technically have about a month of Autumn based on the Earth’s position in it’s yearly trip around the Sun, but meteorologists consider December First the first day of Meteorological Winter. Why? Because we can. That, and the weather typically starts behaving like Winter for most of the nation weeks ahead of that Winter Solstice, which happens to occur on December 22 at 10:49 PM this year. It sure felt like winter around here Tuesday morning: So, when do […]

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    Big November rains

    Did you get enough rain this week? November is known to be rather wet around here, but that big-time soaking Wednesday was something else! Huntsville officially recorded 3.80″ before the rain and clouds moved out Wednesday evening leaving us with some fantastic-looking sunsets. MSFC’s CHARM network of rain gauges in the Tennessee Valley showed 2.32″ in Big Cove, 3.16″ in East Limestone, and 4.03″ in Madison.  You can see how uneven the coverage of excessively heavy rain ended up on […]

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    Some late night notes about this major storm system

    A major severe weather outbreak in the western Plains Monday evening produced several large tornadoes and some significant damage; as of 10 PM, the Storm Prediction Center listed 36 reports of tornadoes: DEVELOPING: Halliburton Plant in Pampa, TX. “Completely Leveled by Tornado” -Local Reports – https://t.co/fFQAue1WGj pic.twitter.com/NEapc0IOJE — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 17, 2015 Tornado Damage south of Pampa this evening at an oil refinery via Facebook viewer. #txwx #Pampa #Tornado #Damage pic.twitter.com/AlXW1HFAFr — Mack Morris (@MackAttackWX) November 17, 2015 First […]

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    Elkmont Third Grade Kidcam!

    I took off early Monday morning for Red Devil Country!  I even had enough time to take the “long way” drive to Elkmont High School through Athens and north on Alabama Highway 127, and that is a beautiful drive this time of year! I love going to Elkmont.  Mrs. Tessa Hardiman invited me to sit in with the Third Grade to talk science, and I knew from experience that she and her colleagues would have the students ready to go.  I saw a […]

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    Looking toward Winter

    It’s been a while since we have visited the topic of the winter weather forecast, but a photo from Amy Sharpe on Wednesday evening brings us to the second level of the old-time folklore winter outlook: the wooly worm. This one is solid black, and if you understand what the folklore says, this is good for snow-lovers and bad for those who aren’t so happy to see the white stuff and the extremely cold weather. According to the Wooly Worm […]

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    From sun to storms in less than a day

    November weather can turn on a dime; beautiful days turn to stormy nights often this time of year, and that’s exactly what we expect on Wednesday.  It starts out nice with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and temperatures climb to the upper 60s and lower 70s even as clouds increase ahead of a very dynamic storm system. There is a real threat of severe weather just northwest of the Tennessee Valley, but the storms should be running out of […]

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    Late season tropical development possible

    Hurricane season is not over quite yet! Technically, the season runs through November 30th, so it’s not unheard of to have some late-season development in the Western Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area near the Windward Islands; the current forecast gives this disturbance a 40% chance of developing into a full-blown tropical cyclone. From the NHC discussion on Friday evening: “A large area of cloudiness and showers extending from the eastern Caribbean Sea across the Lesser Antilles […]