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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
  • Steering hurricanes: Remembering Katrina and forecasting Erika

    Forecasting tropical storm and hurricane paths is less about the storm itself and more about the environment around them. “Steering currents” in the atmosphere get a lot of play this time of year, but what are these mysterious currents? It’s something we deal with in weather every day; this time of year the main branch of the jet stream is usually positioned well to the north, so we watch for smaller currents around features like upper-air lows, troughs, and ridges to […]

  • Wildfires visible on satellite

    “On August 23, 2015, the Aqua satellite’s MODIS instrument captured this image of the ongoing onslaught of wildfires in the Western United States. There just seems to be no end in sight for these beleaguered states. Inciweb, an aggregating website for U.S. wildfires, reports 40 active fires in California alone. The largest to date is the Happy Camp Complex Fire which scorched over 134,000 acres and is currently listed as being 100% contained, but there are scores of other fires […]

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    Tropical Storm Erika in the Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Erika developed Monday evening, and this is one we will need to watch for the US East Coast and potentially the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike Danny, the upper-air pattern is much more favorable for Erika to maintain intensity (and strengthen) over the next 5-7 days. TROPICAL STORM ERIKA ADVISORY NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 1100 PM AST MON AUG 24 2015 …TROPICAL STORM FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL TROPICAL ATLANTIC… DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ […]

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    Scary Looking Clouds over Guntersville!

    Updated 2:42 PM Friday, August 21 to add some perspective from UAH and video: After speaking with Dr. Larry Carey and Dr. Kevin Knupp at UAH, there is some confidence that this may have in fact been a weak landspout or water spout. Here are their thoughts: Dr. Carey says: …that sure looks a bit like a potential weak water- or land-spout, especially in the first picture. Some of the other pictures are hard to differentiate from “scud” as you […]

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    Danny: The Atlantic’s first major hurricane of 2015

    HURRICANE DANNY TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042015 200 PM AST FRI AUG 21 2015 …NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTS THAT DANNY IS A MAJOR HURRICANE… Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Danny is now a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The maximum winds are estimated to be 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. No additional intensification is expected, as Danny is moving into an area of unfavorable […]

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    Long-term prospects for Danny

    Hurricane Danny is making more headlines than impact anywhere at this point, so I asked the question on Facebook earlier: does this matter to you? The overwhelming majority of comments show a lack of interest in Danny – unless he starts to get too close for comfort! That does not appear very likely, so you have little to fear if you plan to visit the Gulf Coast or even the Atlantic Coast from Florida to the Carolinas.  You never want to […]

  • More scattered storms this weekend

    Now that the humidity is back, so are the scattered storms!  They have been impressive this afternoon by dumping a lot of heavy rain and kicking up the wind.  One strong storm in Lincoln County knocked down a lot of branches near Unity School; another in Limestone County produced a measured 38 MPH wind gust: #thunderstorm 38mph gust 21 sustained raining sideways 34.87N 87.05w Limestone co @NWSHuntsville @BradTravisWAFF @simpsonwhnt #alwx — kevin mulack (@dy929) August 14, 2015 Downtown Florence had […]

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    Throwing some serious shade

    This is some serious shade, but it’s not exactly how the Urban Dictionary describes it. Preserving water in the persistent, long-term California drought led to this interesting method of dumping millions of “shade balls” – 96 million to be exact – into the Los Angeles Reservoir to protect water quality and prevent evaporation. Video from KTLA in Los Angeles: The L.A. Reservoir is the Department of Water and Power’s largest in-basin facility. Its surface is 175 acres, and it holds more than 3.3 […]

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    Humidity drops soon

    Hey weatherman!  I thought you said the humidity was going to drop behind this front…what gives? It’s just as hot and sticky as it has been since the weekend, but just have patience.   The drier air near the Great Lakes does move into the Tennessee Valley within the next 24 hours.  Once it gets here, expect it to feel a lot nicer for Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday. So say good-bye to the feels like temps in the 100s for […]

  • SPC Thunderstorm Outlook for Monday (8/10/15)

    Afternoon Storms

    A large complex of storms over Tennessee early this morning fizzled out before arriving in the Valley, but it left behind a trigger for new thunderstorm development.  Some locally-heavy storms are possible this afternoon and evening mainly east of Interstate 65. There is a small chance that one or two storms could grow severe, so be alert if one of these big downpours moves in your direction. WHNT News 19’s rolling list of advisories from the NWS Refresh this page […]