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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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    Late Friday evening update on the severe weather potential

    VIDEO UPDATE: Scattered showers moved into the Tennessee Valley Friday evening, but the strongest storms have been roaring far out to our west over Texas: LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION ALWAYS ONLINE AT WHNT.COM The line of storms racing east overnight arrives in Northwest Alabama around 3 AM with strong winds, hail, and a low-end threat of tornadoes. Click through the images below for specific information on the timeline and potential storm impact as well as the Futurecast (model-produced) simulated radar for […]

  • Crestline Third Grade Kidcam!

    Crestline Elementary School is a “Blue Ribbon School,” and when you walk in it’s easy to see why. The students you meet are very respectful, the facility is beautiful, and the teachers are great. I visited with the Third Grade this morning in the music room where I found out that they are a talented group! We didn’t play anything, but some of the students told me they are already learning to play some pretty serious instruments like violin, flute, […]

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    Friday afternoon look at Saturday’s stormy weather

    All thunderstorms have one thing in common: uncertainty. Sometimes we have high confidence in a situation, and sometimes it’s literally just a chance. Saturday brings a little bit of both to the table. Confidence is high that we’ll see a healthy round of rain and thunderstorms early in the morning from about 3 AM to 8 AM. Some of those storms could be strong with some hail and strong winds; the tornado threat is low, but it is not zero. […]

  • NAM forecast CAPE at 4 PM Saturday

    Some strong storms on the horizon

    It’s Panoply weekend! You know what that means: storms. Some light showers are possible Friday afternoon and evening, but the odds of significant rain (enough to keep you away from outdoor events) are small. Our 40% chance of light, scattered showers will not amount to much more than a tenth of an inch of rain on the high end through 10 PM Friday. Saturday is the day to watch. VIDEO UPDATE: THE LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT WHNT.COM/WEATHER […]

  • Sylvania 2nd and 3rd Grade Kidcam!

    Sometimes the most fun you can have is when you have to “wing it,” and that’s exactly what we had to do this morning in Sylvania! After discovering one of my adapters was missing, I had to scrap the normal presentation and just have fun with the Second and Third Graders. It worked out well, though! They sure showed me how smart and respectful they are – a sign of good teachers and good parents. I’d especially like to thank […]

  • SPC Day Four Outlook valid Friday, April 24th

    Spotty showers through midweek, stronger storms again soon

    Any rain overnight into Wednesday will be light; the odds of rainfall greater than 0.10″ are only about 20% through Wednesday afternoon. Spotty showers through Thursday and Friday also look rather light, but a powerhouse spring storm system brings what could be a significant risk of severe storms to our west in the Southern Plains Friday: We will be watching that system closely, but at least for now it appears that storms will not be quite as intense around here […]

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    East Limestone 6th Grade Kidcam!

    I started out early Monday morning in Limestone County, and I ended the week there as well! I got to visit with the Sixth Graders at East Limestone today, and I had a great time with them. I even got to see our buddy Blake Williams (an ELHS student and a very good photographer). You see a lot of his photos featured in our weathercasts on WHNT News 19. @simpsonwhnt this morning talking about weather at east limestone!! #valleywx @whnt […]

  • Sunday Morning

    Severe weather threat on Sunday

    All week we have looked at the weekend weather with some suspicion that strong to severe storms would be possible. There’s good news and bad news. The good: it won’t rain all day either day. The bad: we may have to deal with two waves of strong storms; one comes Sunday morning and the other Sunday evening. LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION FROM WHNT.COM The first wave of showers and a few storms actually moves north across Central Alabama into the Tennessee […]

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    Flooding problems from Huntsville to Birmingham

    The heaviest rain is south of the Tennessee Valley this afternoon, and that’s where we expect it to stay through early evening. An “Areal Flood Warning” remains in effect for Madison, Limestone, and Cullman Counties, but there is flooding even in areas that aren’t in the warnings. This is from Jackson County: Flooding on Jackson County Road 12 in Hollytree, by Melody Putman #valleywx pic.twitter.com/bKT84HALIj — WHNT (@whnt) April 16, 2015 …and this is in the Birmingham metro area: Birmingham […]

  • Chaff?  From @skywarn256

    Chaff in Limestone County?

    8:55 PM Update: We believe we’ve found the answer thanks to a commenter here on Valleywx.com – this is probably cottonwood tree seeds. Since we posted this article, many other people from other areas have reported seeing this…which makes it all the more probable that it’s cottonwood instead of some kind of chaff. Here’s some information about it from Colorado State University with pictures included. Usually if testing from Redstone Arsenal involves chaff, there are some clear signs on radar. […]