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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
  • Seven Day Rainfall (radar estimate) through Monday afternoon, June 29, 2015

    The “haves” and “have nots”

    The grass is always greener…where it actually rains in the hottest season of the year. Everywhere else, it’s turning brown, and even the trees are showing signs of stress because of the hot, dry weather we have had in June (which happens to be the fourth-hottest June on record for Huntsville). Last week brought some pretty significant rain for some of us, but not all.  The “haves” got several inches of rain last week. This sums it up pretty well […]

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    Some heavy storms ahead

    Scattered storms Monday evening transition east-southeast across the Tennessee Valley, but the best chance of some downpours is really near and north of the state line. A 40-50% chance of rain straddles the border, and the odds drop off sharply south of Huntsville to Guntersville, Cullman and Fort Payne. Some of the downpours this evening have the potential to be strong or severe; strong winds over 50 MPH could occur in the strongest storms around the Valley tonight. LATEST FORECAST […]

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    Scattered storms rumble through Saturday morning

    This is a live blog, scroll down below the video & radar image for updates. 10:30 PM Update: Scattered storms will keep on coming tonight; the Storm Prediction Center maintains a slim chance of a few strong/severe storms for the Tennessee Valley, but we do not expect widespread destructive storms. Don’t let them keep you up tonight. If you are awakened by a big storm in the overnight hours, just load up Live Alert 19. When the weather isn’t bad […]

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    Spotty strong storms possible Friday evening

    We get one more day of 90s (bringing the stretch of consecutive days to 22) Friday, but some heavy storms cool it down in the afternoon and evening. A few storms could get strong to marginally severe after 1 PM: hail and isolated strong wind gusts as the primary threats. LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION AT WHNT.COM This is NOT a major severe weather event for the Tennessee Valley. The chance of getting a storm is only 40% for any one location […]

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    Some rain and cooler air soon

    Huntsville made it to 98ºF Thursday afternoon, and Muscle Shoals topped out at 97ºF. Friday won’t be quite as hot, but temperatures will still run well above normal for this time of year. High humidity pushes the “feels like” back up to the 100º to 105ºF range by mid-afternoon, but a few heavy storms cool it down in some spots as the day goes on. FORECAST DISCUSSION AT WHNT.COM Latest video update: There’s a lot of excitement about the cool-down […]

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    One more very hot day: Heat Advisory Thursday

    Heavy thunderstorms late Tuesday night left rain-cooled and slightly dried-out air that kept the humidity (and the heat index) lower on Wednesday. Now that the atmosphere has had plenty of time to recover, we expect one more day of searing heat before a cool-down finally sets in this weekend. LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION ALWAYS ONLINE AT WHNT.COM ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THURSDAY FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA... ALZ001>008-016-TNZ076-096-260200- /O.CON.KHUN.HT.Y.0002.150625T1500Z-150626T0200Z/ LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN- MARSHALL-CULLMAN-MOORE-LINCOLN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FLORENCE...MUSCLE SHOALS... RUSSELLVILLE...MOULTON...ATHENS...HUNTSVILLE...DECATUR... GUNTERSVILLE...CULLMAN...LYNCHBURG...FAYETTEVILLE 357 […]

  • The beauty of summer storms

    I never get tired of watching summertime storms. They bring beneficial rain, some natural air conditioning, and they are beautiful natural explosions in the sky. Watch the time lapse from Wednesday afternoon’s storms exploding over Jackson County viewed from Rainsville: That rolling cloud at the end of the video is an “arcus cloud”. Arcus cloud defined by NOAA: “A low, horizontal cloud formation associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflow (i.e., the gust front). Roll clouds and shelf clouds […]

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    The heat wave breaks soon

    It’s an understatement to say it’s been hot lately!  June 2015 is the fourth-warmest June on record through the 24th, yet we still have not cracked the century mark.  Huntsville has not recorded a 100-degree day since July 7, 2012.  The highest so far this month: 98ºF on four occasions. These hot days do bring some beauty, though.  Summer storms are both beautiful and dangerous: @simpsonwhnt A few shots of late night storm in Oxford,AL last night pic.twitter.com/ujDNZxuqFd — Michelle […]

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    Heat Advisory Wednesday

    Wednesday will likely be the hottest day of this extended heat wave; the “feels like” temperature may exceed 105ºF between 2 and 6 PM, so the NWS has issued a Heat Advisory for the western half of the Tennessee Valley. HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA... ...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...TEMPERATURES WILL QUICKLY CLIMB INTO THE UPPER 90S BY LATE […]

  • Marginal risk for a few strong wind gusts with storms late tonight in Alabama and Tennessee

    Overnight thunderstorms

    Some heavy storms in Tennessee move south into the Tennessee Valley tonight. There is a very low-end chance that some of these storms could be marginally severe (58 MPH wind gusts, hail larger than a quarter), but this is not a night to stay up and worry. These are summertime storms: rough, noisy, and full of lightning. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Even though we do not expect a major severe weather event, it’s never a bad […]