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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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    Subtropical Storm Ana develops in the Atlantic

    9:38 PM Thursday Update: Subtropical Storm Ana forms in the Atlantic: SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT…0300 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————– LOCATION…31.5N 77.6W ABOUT 170 MI…275 KM SSE OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 350 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB…29.65 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA TO CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN […]

  • NOAA Weather Prediction Center precipitation outlook for the next 7 days

    Bone dry start to May

    This is tough to look at if you are among those who rely on May rainfall to get the crops going and flowers growing… Seven day precipitation outlook form NOAA’s WPC: That’s no good. We need some rain in a bad way for agricultural interests both large and small. It’s time to think about running sprinklers which is strange considering that a week ago many lawns and fields were still soggy after weeks of rain. Even longer-term prospects for widespread […]

  • Dirk Carson, Toney, Alabama on 5/7/15

    Strong dust devil in Madison County

    About 3:45 PM, what appears to have been an unusually strong dust devil (whirlwind) developed near Toney and did some damage to a barn on Jeff Road.  This is the e-mail and photos from the property owner Dirk Carson: “A small funnel cloud just destroyed my barn about 30 minutes ago. What’s up with that? I can send pictures. My neighbor was outside working with her horses and saw it.  She described it as a clear day tornado. She said […]

  • CFS accumulated precipitation forecast through May 31 (forecast model run on Tuesday morning, May 5th)

    Getting Dry!

    Well, that didn’t take long. Soil moisture in the Tennessee Valley is going fast because of sunshine, dry air, and abnormally-warm temperatures. Almost every square inch of Alabama north of US 278 (even more south of I-20) as well as most of Tennessee needs some rain.   With every passing dry day, it will get worse. Agricultural lands in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Morgan Counties in particular are getting very dry; those ares highlighted in the light orange […]

  • Jet stream/stormy pattern by Monday, May 11

    The “peak” of severe weather season

    A quiet weather pattern like the one we find ourselves in right now is actually unusual for early May! According to the Storm Prediction Center’s Online Severe Weather Climatology, May 4th is the literal peak of severe weather season in the Tennessee Valley. This includes all reports of severe weather; it is not limited to “tornado season.” Based on data from 1980 to 2006, the area covered by the KHTX NEXRAD (the Hytop radar pictured to the left) has a […]

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    Will 2015 end the “major” hurricane drought?

    In short, there is no real answer to the question, but this 9-year period without a major landfalling hurricane in the United States brings up a lot of interesting discussion. An article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (NOLA.com) Wednesday evening referred to it this way: The United States is experiencing an unprecedented drought in the number of major hurricanes, Category 3 and above, with none having crossed the nation’s shoreline since Category 5 Hurricane Wilma hit south Florida in October […]

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    Isolated showers Thursday and a great start to May!

    Some saw a rare sight over Lookout Mountain in DeKalb County Wednesday afternoon: a cold air funnel. Those things are the ultimate SLC (scary looking cloud)! There’s a chance we might see another one or two of those on Thursday as well as a little small hail or “graupel” (soft hail) in some isolated showers between 1 PM and 7 PM. VIDEO UPDATE LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION AT WHNT.COM The showers that pop up around here Thursday will not be severe; […]

  • HRRR simulated radar through early Wednesday morning

    Showers, some thunder through Wednesday morning

    TUESDAY EVENING VIDEO UPDATE: It’s actually rained a lot this evening, but most of it hasn’t even come close to reaching the ground. Rain actually makes it to the surface Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and some of it’s going to be heavy at times. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: We have a small amount of instability (CAPE) in Central and North Alabama tonight; that’s not enough for any severe weather threat, but it is enough for […]

  • Monday's simplified outlook showing where thunderstorms may occur and where they could be severe

    Outlooks: Yay or Nay?

    Sometimes more is better, and sometimes less is more. It seems that the Storm Prediction Center’s new updated convective outlooks with additional categories are causing more worry about the outlook than the actual weather forecast. SPC’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist Greg Carbin has said on many occasions that these outlooks were never really meant for public use; they are actually produced for meteorologist to meteorologist communication. All that went out the window in the late 90s and early 2000s when we […]

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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 […]