Jason Simpson

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

  • Occasional Thunder Tonight; More Threatening Look by Next Week

    Posted on: 11:17 pm, April 24, 2014, by

    The weather isn’t going to get that bad overnight; some window-rattling thunder, a few spots getting wind gusts in the...
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  • Storms Getting Closer

    Posted on: 8:42 pm, April 24, 2014, by

    Strong to severe storms are racing east at around 40 to 50 MPH across Mississippi and West Tennessee this evening;...
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    HRRR forecast radar at 2 AM
  • Thursday Night’s Storms

    Posted on: 3:02 pm, April 24, 2014, by

    The Storm Prediction Center has drawn a SLIGHT RISK over a large part of Northwest Alabama, North Mississippi, and Middle...
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  • The Reality of Next Week’s Severe Weather Threat

    Posted on: 6:35 pm, April 23, 2014, by

    The chatter is off the charts on this one. If you haven’t heard by now, a strong storm system brings...
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    Photo by Mike Wilhelm
  • Showers Ending; Clearing Tonight for the Lyrids

    Posted on: 3:16 pm, April 22, 2014, by

    Latest radar image from ARMOR Storm Vision: We weren’t able to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower in North Alabama or...
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    NAM forecast lows by 7 AM Wednesday
  • “Dave’s Fireball”

    Posted on: 9:07 pm, April 21, 2014, by

    It’s fun and productive to get e-mails like this one from Dave Patey: Jason- Unless I was just seeing things…I...
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    12:46 AM Monday - Dr. Bill Cooke identifies this as a fireball streaking across N. Miss and West Tenn.
  • Poor Viewing for Lyrids Tonight

    Posted on: 4:45 pm, April 21, 2014, by

    The peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower is Monday night into Tuesday morning, but viewing conditions won’t be very good...
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  • Not Much Rain for Us!

    Posted on: 5:13 pm, April 18, 2014, by

    As this big rain maker rolls across South Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and The Carolinas through the weekend, there’s one thing...
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    Radar estimated precip. since April 1st.
Data from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Center: http://water.weather.gov/precip/
  • Contrails in the Sky

    Posted on: 5:14 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 05:17pm, April 17, 2014

    They’re called “contrails.” Occam’s Razor is a line of reasoning that essentially says the simplest explanation is usually the correct...
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    Mike Seibert - Sunset 4/16/14
  • It’s Planting Season!

    Posted on: 5:11 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 05:12pm, April 16, 2014

    Before we get started there’s one critical thing you need to know: there are always exceptions to the rules. Even...
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