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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
  • One of the largest temperature swings on record

    6:33 PM UPDATE: It’s official! We dropped exactly 50ºF in 24 hours: 77ºF at 4:09 PM Wednesday to 27ºF at 1:37 PM Thursday. That ties us for the largest “confirmed” 24 hour drop (the largest day-to-day plunges may not be exactly 24 hours): This Arctic surge and winter storm will go down in the record books for one big reason: the drastic change. Huntsville International Airport is the official reporting station, and as of 12:20 PM, the drop was 49 […]

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    Icy conditions tonight, improved weather for Friday and beyond

    Note: You have clicked onto a single post of our blog. This relates to short-term weather on Thursday night into Friday, March 5-6, 2015. Please go to the home page if you are reading this at a later date. The latest information is always at the top of the blog. VIDEO UPDATE – scroll down for more info. Some sun helped improve conditions – especially on the main roads – in The Shoals, but it’s still icy in a lot […]

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    Late Wednesday evening Winter Storm Warning update

    This is an update as of 9:45 PM Wednesday, March 4th. The Winter Storm Warning time has been “bumped up” to midnight for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore and Franklin (TN) Counties. It is still 3 AM for the rest of the Tennessee Valley. See the video update here and scroll down for more about what you can expect with this winter storm: Latest temperatures & radar: The Arctic front arrived in Huntsville around 4:20 PM Wednesday, and the temperature […]

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    School Closings and Delays for March 6th

    (WHNT) – The threat of winter weather has caused several school systems to close or delay school for Friday, March 6th.

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    Latest forecast discussion from WHNT.com

    Thursday Afternoon, March 5, 2015 Freezing drizzle is still an issue for northeastern Alabama and Tennessee this evening, but the main wave of precipitation is over. A healthy covering of sleet and ice glaze will help temperatures plunge to near-record territory tonight. Huntsville’s record is 17ºF (1932); we could go below that in areas covered with sleet. Expect lows in the 20s where there is not much ice cover. The sun comes back on Friday, and the thaw begins in […]

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    Thursday night & Friday morning road conditions

    8:52 PM TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015: I see a lot of traffic going to this link – this is no longer current or forecast information. It relates to the snowstorm in February – not the winter storm threat for the first week of March. Huntsville’s biggest troubles with this winter storm are behind, but that’s not the case everywhere! Many rural roads and even some state highways will still be impassable tonight as temperatures plunge into the 20s. Any water […]

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    This week’s winter threat shows shades of ’94

    Before you read this, understand we are not forecasting an exact repeat of the February 1994 ice storm in Northwest Alabama. This is about an analog that can give us some hints, but this situation does not look as bad as the ’94 storm: The Coopertive Institute for Precipitation Systems (CIPS) at Saint Louis University produces analog guidance for almost every weather situation we come across. The analogs are useful in picking out how similar weather set-ups in the past […]

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    Monday afternoon update: Winter storm threat

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville is holding off on a Winter Storm Watch for now, but offices in Nashville and Memphis have already triggered one for neighboring areas. Before we get too far into this, remember, a lot can change in a few days’ time. There are many, many complicating factors to this event that will make it almost impossible to prejudge how travel may be impacted (especially in North Alabama), how much freezing rain will accumulate, and how […]

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    Big changes in the weather

    The clear sky Friday afternoon finally gave us a good view of the heavy snowfall from space; this is from LSU’s Earth Scan Laboratory (MODIS Satellite imagery): #MODIS true color image of snow cover from this week's winter storm in the Southeastern United States. pic.twitter.com/Stzq4EbOn6 — LSU Earth Scan Lab (@EarthScanLab) February 27, 2015 (No Image? Click here) If you think the worst of the crazy weather is behind us, think again. Not to bring you down on a Friday […]

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    Looking toward Wednesday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect until 9 AM Tuesday for most of Central Alabama; however, no Tennessee Valley counties are included. Light snow, sleet and freezing rain drift across the middle of the state tonight and early Tuesday bringing light accumulations and some patchy areas of slick roads. Be aware of rapid changes in road conditions near and south of US 278 through the first part of the day. There is also reason to suspect a dusting […]