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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).


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    “Entire Grid Undefined”

    Well, if you haven’t seen it yet, you probably will. Snow maps are flying all over the place from the GFS and European models, and while they are impressive, it might just be better to let them fly on by for now. Those maps sure are pretty, though! And so detailed. Like this one: the midday (Thursday) GFS snowfall forecast for a storm system passing through the South between Friday and Sunday (Jan. 30-Feb. 1). Yes. That map shows a […]

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    Soaking Rain and Some Wintry Mix

    Here comes the rain! A developing storm system brings a healthy dose of rain to most of the South tonight and Friday. In the Tennessee Valley region, rainfall totals from one-half to one inch will be common; of course, there will be some greater amounts and some lesser ones as well. That’s just how these systems work. Next 48 hours’ worth of rain projected by the RPM Futurecast Model Rain moving in from the southwest this evening may mix with […]

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    Cool Things in the Sky

    Thanks to Nick Belovsky for the cool images of this afternoon’s 22º Halo, sun dogs, a part of the “Parhelic arc” (next to the sundogs) and circumzenithal arc in the sky over Decatur! @simpsonwhnt @spann Sundogs, 22 degree halo, circumzenithal arc over Decatur Alabama today. pic.twitter.com/Pj2NDyqsCr — Mr. Belovsky (@Belovskyscience) January 21, 2015 So What is a 22º Halo Anyway? Atmospheric Optics is the go-to place when identifying optical phenomena. This is how they sum it up: 22º radius halos are […]

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    Interesting Times

    The January thaw is slowly coming to an end; get ready for more cold weather and rumors of winter weather in coming weeks! Colder air arriving this week does so in phases: a little cooler Wednesday, even cooler Thursday, cold and wet Friday. There is even a chance of some wintry mix as precipitation tapers off Friday evening in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures should be well-above freezing, so whatever falls will have the same impact as a “rain” event: Mid-level temperatures […]

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    January Thaw in Full Force!

    Was it ever nice today? Sure, it was cold this morning; low temperatures ranged from 25ºF at Valley Head to 33ºF in Huntsville, but those passing high cirrus clouds made for a fantastic sunrise… @spann @simpsonwhnt @JenCarfagno Simply breath taking in Moulton Al this morning! pic.twitter.com/qct4UpxMjp — Tim Ball (@TimBallTim) January 19, 2015 Sunrise in Scottsboro, Al @simpsonwhnt @spann #nofilter pic.twitter.com/Zt0xRS1sBS — Kayla (@kaylaekennamer) January 19, 2015 …and temperatures rose into the 60s this afternoon followed by a fantastic sunset. […]

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    Falkville Third Grade Kidcam!

    I know my way to Falkville pretty well, but that fog this morning had me wondering if I would actually make it to see the Third Grade on time! By the time I got to Falkville, the sun was finally peering through the dense, freezing fog, and you could see it on the students’ faces. Sunshine on a Friday? Yes please! Mrs. Kyker, Mrs. Beavers, and Mrs. Lewis had the Third Graders all ready for me, and from the moment […]

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    How about that Fog?

    This morning’s fog was impressive! There were all kinds of problems that came along with temperatures in the 20s, wet roads, and thick fog. It was not foggy everywhere, though! When you’re in <0.10 mile visibility, it seems like the fog goes on forever, but it was actually easy to see where it was and wasn't a big deal from Space! Here is a good satellite image example of freezing fog from the polar orbitting satellite from NASA SPoRT. #HUNwx […]

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    LIVE BLOG: Winter Weather Surprise!

    6:22 PM Update: – All advisories have expired.  Be on guard for patchy ice developing later tonight as temperatures drop below freezing. A winter weather advisory is in effect for  parts of the Tennessee Valley until 6pm Thursday.  This is a LIVE BLOG – please scroll down below the forecast information to see photos and other details coming in.   A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and some rain moving into the Tennessee Valley this morning. Some minor accumulations of snow […]

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    Frost and a Cloudy Sky

    I love old weather lore, and I love it even more when it seems to work! This was the view off my back porch this morning before precipitation started coming down. Rooftops, grass, even the play set covered with frost: This is the first time I’ve ever actually seen the “if you have frost under an overcast sky, you’ll get a snow.” I have seen high, thin clouds and frost, but never low stratus like this. To be fair, the […]

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    Brookhill Third Grade Kidcam!

    Brook Hill Elementary Third Graders are a lot of fun, but I’m sure part of their excitement today had something to do with what it looked like outside! Some snow flurries passed through Athens between 9:30 and 10:00 AM. We started talking weather around 10:00, so I did something unusual…a little weather briefing before getting into what I had prepared for them. I know I say this almost every time I visit a school, but I don’t say it unless […]