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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
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    Signs of Colder Weather?

    The question comes up at least two or three times a day this time of year: “is it going to be a cold winter?” The answer is always the same. Yes, Winter will be cold; however, “cold” is a relative term! Tennessee Valley winters are nothing like those in the Upper Midwest or New England, but we can have our bouts of extreme cold. Let’s define “cold” as below the seasonal average for the December-January-February period.  That average is 43.7ºF in […]

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    VIDEO: Finally Some Sun, but It Won’t Last Long!

    Showers are moving through Alabama and a small part of Tennessee tonight, but there is finally a little sunshine coming for the weekend! Current Regional Radar Loop: This particular storm system never lived up to the billing we expected a week ago, but there are a lot of big swings coming in the Seven Day Forecast. Day-to-day temperatures may change as much as 20 to 30 degrees in the week ahead! Don’t forget we keep the discussion at WHNT.com/Weather updated […]

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    Waves in the Clouds

    When I left for work this afternoon, I looked up in the sky and saw something like Janet Long in Big Cove saw: those wavy clouds! I couldn’t wait to get to the weather office to start a time lapse on them, but none of the ones I saw or recorded were quite this spectacular! This is what those waves looked like from Rainsville on Sand Mountain Thursday afternoon: So What Are These Waves? There may well be some differing […]

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    Big December Weather Swings!

    The first week of December was 10ºF above average in Huntsville. Since then, we are running about 1ºF below the seasonal average (December 8-18). A fast-paced weather pattern involving some rain, some cold air, some flurries, some mild air, and some more rain makes for a challenging forecast for Christmas week!  That will include some days that are warmer than normal normal and some that are colder than normal – right next to each other. Specific forecast information explaining milder, […]

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    Dissecting the Pre-Christmas Storm System

    A weather pattern like this has snow-lovers peering as far as possible into the future to see what could be coming down the road. The fact that we’re edging closer to Christmas makes it an even more interesting set-up. How close could we get to a partially White Christmas? The odds are long, but it could be possible for some in and near the Tennessee Valley if it worked out exactly as today’s longer-range guidance suggests. “Partially white” (my own […]

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    How Much Water Is That?

    NASA tweeted this link earlier today showing that California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to end the drought. Analysis: 11 trillion gallons of water needed to replenish California drought losses: http://t.co/k32OealMnq #AGU14 pic.twitter.com/RHYuw826On — NASA (@NASA) December 16, 2014 From Nasa.gov: The finding was part of a sobering update on the state’s drought made possible by space and airborne measurements and presented by NASA scientists Dec. 16 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Such data are […]

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    Tornado Count Unusually Low in 2014

    Two highly-photographed tornadoes in the Plains and one unusual tornado in South Los Angeles have grabbed weather headlines over the past few days: Today's tornado near Apache, OK #OKWX @kfor pic.twitter.com/fFQF5XuIGZ — 4Warn Storm Team (@4WarnStormTeam) December 15, 2014 Oklahoma (Sunday, December 14): Kansas (Sunday, December 14): That’s three tornadoes in a span of three days spawned by one storm system. The same big bowling ball of a storm that caused the wind, rain, and severe weather in California Friday […]

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    A Cold and Stormy Pattern

    “Stormy” weather means one thing in one pattern and something else in another. This particular time “stormy” refers to a very unsettled pattern that brings multiple storm systems with rain and a chilly breeze. These storms are coming from the Pacific in the southern branch of the jet stream, and the cold air is blowing in from Canada: a good recipe for a lot of gray, cool, damp weather. Modern technology affords us a lot of tools for forecasting, but […]

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    A More Active Pattern Soon

    Did you see the news out of Los Angeles from Friday: NWS Confirms EF-0 Tornado in L.A.. A tornado in L.A. is not “normal,” but it’s not unheard of! The Storm Prediction Center shows an average of 9 tornadoes per year in California. SPC keeps track of historic data and provides some cool visualizations; this chart shows just how quiet this year has been nation-wide: This quiet weather pattern for the Plains and South comes to an end sooner than […]

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    First there was the Polar Vortex, now we have the vaunted Pineapple Express, Atmospheric River, and #MonsterStorm.  This is getting out of hand.  Words matter! These days it seems that the national media is working overtime to make sure you’re scared out of your pants over one thing or another. I’m not sure if it’s purposeful, but it’s definitely something more than “just the facts” that we expect. Take this week’s West Coast storm for example. It has been bad […]