Ron Childers

Ron Childers

Chief Meteorologist

Memphis, TN

Watch Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers weekdays on WMC Action News 5 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

A native Memphian and second generation Mexican-American, Ron's broadcasting career began in Memphis radio in the early 1980s at WRVR, then onto WMC FM 100. In 1989, Ron moved from radio to television as a marketing and promotion producer and part-time weathercaster for WMC Action News 5. In the mid-90s, Ron pursued weather full time and went on to get his Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Ron's 20-plus years of forecasting experience include working through some of the most memorable storms to move through the Mid-South. In 2000, Ron won an Emmy for coverage of a winter storm that blanketed the area with snow. In 2005, Ron was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy nomination for Best Weathercast. And in 2010, Ron was again nominated for an Emmy for his weekly weather web chat on

Ron is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval. He is also a member of the National Weather Association, as well as the local chapter of the AMS/NWA Memphis.

Throughout the year, Ron speaks to numerous schools, clubs and civic groups. He serves as emcee and auctioneer for various fundraisers and he also volunteers his time with several charitable organizations. In 2011, Ron was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Diversity Memphis for his civic and charitable work in the community.

Ron is married to WMC Action News 5 anchor/reporter Joyce Peterson.

Recent Articles by Ron

Tracking weekend rain

A little sunshine ahead of our next big round of rain

A few showers now, but the heaviest rain is yet to come

An active weather pattern over the next few days

A chilly weekend pattern taking shape

Tracking more clouds, colder temperatures, and a chance of snow

Tracking a cold front moving through tomorrow

A cold weekend followed by a chance of snow

A cold pattern in place for the next few days

Tracking a cold rain moving our way

Tracking our next round of rain in the Mid-South

Dry start to the week in the Mid-South, but rain will return before the week is over

Looking ahead to a much better weather pattern

The rain is gone, but clouds will be slow to move out

Rain, wind, and rising temperatures to ring in the New Year

Active weather pattern in place to end the year

Active weather pattern for the final days of 2020

A cold Christmas will be followed by a warmer weekend

Mother Natures gives the Mid-South the gift of cold air for Christmas

Cold front pushes out the rain and ushers in the cold

Front brings mid-week rain followed by COLD temperatures for Christmas

Rain tonight followed by more showers Sunday

A cold front brings an end to our warm dry pattern

One more warm and sunny day ahead of an approaching cold front

A big warm up ahead of our next cold front

A dry pattern in place along with warmer temperatures to come

Clouds clear as the weekend begins and ahead of another cold front Sunday

Clouds and cold temperatures linger and a few more showers still likely

Rain moving our way as cold air remains in place

Rain moves in tomorrow followed by the coldest air of the season