Jason Simpson, WHNT

Jason Simpson


Huntsville, AL, United States

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Past articles by Jason:

Flood threat ends and Fall weather begins right on time

September is North Alabama’s driest month of the year: usually. Huntsville’s average rainfall for the whole month is 3.49 inches; Huntsville International Airport recorded 4.72″ since Sunday. Scattered showers remain overnight, but rain slows to a drizzle (or nothing at all) overnight through Tuesday morning. We have one more batch of showers and occasional storms […] → Read More

‘Nicholas’ enhances rain and storms over Alabama this week

Tropical Storm Nicholas slowly drifts northward from the western Gulf into southeastern Texas overnight into Tuesday: producing tremendous rainfall (some 20″+ possible) and up to 5′ of storm surge on the coastline. Steering currents are relatively weak for the next few days, and that prevents fast-paced movement to the northeast. It also increases the uncertainty […] → Read More

Tropical development expected in the Gulf again

The National Hurricane Center places a ‘high chance’ of development on another disturbance moving into the Gulf this weekend. The northern part of a tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the western Caribbean Sea, and portions of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula. This system is forecast to move into the Bay […] → Read More

‘Medium Chance’ of Gulf tropical development this week

The National Hurricane Center estimates a 30-40% chance of tropical or subtropical cyclone development over the northern Gulf of Mexico through late week. The difference between the two is somewhat of a meteorological hair-split; tropical cyclones are full-blown ‘warm core’ lows. Subtropical cyclones are somewhat hybrid tropical/mid-latitude. (If you’re interested in learning more about the […] → Read More

Isolated downpours Tuesday & Wednesday

A few brief, small, but heavy downpours develop on Tuesday. It also gets a little hotter; temperatures make a jump to the middle and upper 80s after a morning low the comfortably cool upper 50s to lower 60s. That limited chance of isolated showers/storms is a little higher southeast of Huntsville and lower to the […] → Read More

Blazing again on Tuesday & Wednesday

Twenty-eight days: Huntsville International Airport only registered 28 days of 90-degree heat through Tuesday (August 23rd). For comparison, the number of 90-degree days through August 23rd in Huntsville over the past decade varied a lot! 52 in 2020 66 in 2019 (that’s the year with the 100s in early October) 68 in 2018 45 in […] → Read More

Hot Start To The Week; Then Rain Chances Return

Hot and dry weather start out the new week. → Read More

Henri Threatens New England Coast

Henri was upgraded Saturday morning to a hurricane, and while Henri is forecast to make landfall as either a low end Cat. 1 hurricane or a strong Tropical Storm, impacts will be significant along the New England coast. While Henri’s forecast statistics may not wow, there are aspects of Henri that are somewhat unusual for […] → Read More

Saturday Storms: more heavy rainfall, a few strong thunderstorms

Several waves of heavy rain and storms pass through Alabama and Tennessee on Saturday! Heavy rainfall: 1-2″ of rain on average, localized 3-5″ where multiple heavy storms pass Gusty winds: some thunderstorms could produce wind gusts over 50 MPH Saturday afternoon Lightning: frequent lightning strikes are likely with the strongest storms In the short-term… Locally-heavy […] → Read More

More showers, storms through Friday and Saturday

We say it often: summer storms can be some of the worst weather you deal with all year. Wednesday night, it was a storm strong enough to do some wind damage around the Athens area. The National Weather Service in Huntsville investigated that damage following a Tornado Warning, but has not yet found evidence of […] → Read More

More showers, storms through Friday and Saturday

Rain and thunderstorms Thursday morning left behind a solid soaking for most of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee, and more spotty, hit-or-miss, unevenly-spread downpours develop this afternoon and evening. Several high school football games this evening may have to contend with a quick downpour or a lightning delay; however, we do not expect every community […] → Read More

Scattered heavy storms likely on Thursday

More occasionally-heavy storms move through the area at times Thursday. All-day rain? No. A chance of some rain at almost any time? Yes. Showers and a few storms begin early Thursday over Tennessee and northwestern Alabama and track southeast through the morning. This first wave ends around 1-2 PM, and then more spotty, hit-or-miss, locally-heavy […] → Read More

Scattered storms through Wednesday evening: a few may be severe

The Storm Prediction Center outlines a ‘marginal’ risk of a few severe storms mainly northwest of Huntsville, Decatur and Hartselle through Wednesday evening. The primary threat from a severe storm would be strong wind gusts over 58 miles per hour, heavy rainfall and dangerous, frequent lightning. Wednesday afternoon stays hot and humid; only those getting […] → Read More

More unusually wet August weather ahead

A wet-at-times weekend ahead Expect more scattered, hit-or-miss storms over the weekend. Those who got hit on Friday got it hard, too! Heavy rainfall led to flash flooding around The Shoals and Decatur. The biggest downpours dropped 2-5″ of rain in less than 2 hours, and we’ll do it again (in different, spotty areas) Saturday […] → Read More

A ‘disturbance’ stirs up more storms on Monday

Sunday’s lack of scattered storms does start a trend! More numerous, yet still spotty and uneven, showers and storms develop again Monday. This evening stays warm and humid; temperatures drop off highs in the upper 80s to near 70°F overnight under a partly cloudy sky. A disturbance moving in from the northwest on Monday stirs […] → Read More

Scattered heavy storms through Saturday evening, a little more sunshine for Sunday

Locally-heavy storms rumbled across North Alabama and Tennessee Saturday leaving behind some healthy rainfall totals and cooler air! One rain gauge near Huntsville International Airport (Intermodal Facility) registered 1.18″ of rain since midnight. Saturday afternoon’s storms thin out this evening; patchy thick fog develops overnight as temperatures settle into the upper 60s and lower 70s […] → Read More

Hotter Weekend: some spotty storms still possible!

A few scattered storms develop at almost anytime Saturday, but the risk of rain drops on Sunday Hotter weather builds in for the weekend, and that heat and humidity lead to at least a chance of some spotty afternoon and evening storms on both Saturday and Sunday. A weak upper air disturbance passing Saturday kicks […] → Read More

Storms on Friday: a better chance of heavy downpours ahead

Some storms can drop over one inch of rain in less than an hour while many others miss the rain completely. A few scattered storms Thursday afternoon dropped heavy rainfall in small geographical areas. Some of those ‘lucky’ spots got more than an inch of rain, and it took less than an hour to add […] → Read More

Slow Change: drier air makes a gradual move into Alabama & Tennessee

Last week’s hot weather pattern broke over the weekend, but don’t expect it to feel like October anytime soon even as a fairly strong August cold front passes through Alabama and Tennessee overnight through Monday. Expect some patchy, dense fog in the morning; temperatures drop to the middle/upper 60s overnight. More spotty showers remain possible […] → Read More

Saturday: Heat Advisory and more scattered storms

A HEAT ADVISORY is in effect again from 10 AM to 7 PM Saturday for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. WHAT…Heat index values up to 105 degrees expected. IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, […] → Read More