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 wmcationnews5.com.
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.
Low level clouds will linger overnight and through the day tomorrow while north winds continue to drive cooler air into the Mid-South keeping temperatures cooler than average. And don’t expect much sunshine next week as another system brings more clouds and rain chance to the area.
Winds shift to the north overnight allowing much colder air to stream into the area. This will cause the start of the weekend to be almost 30 degrees cooler than temperatures this past week. Another front will move through next week keeping the cool air in place.
Our streak of warm weather is coming to an end. A cold front Friday afternoon ushers in a change in the pattern. That will be followed by another front Monday that will bring rain chance and even colder temperatures to the area.
Temperatures tomorrow will again be well above average followed by a cold front Friday that will usher in cooler temperatures for the weekend and another front Monday that will drop temperatures well below average.
A stationary front draped across the Mid-South is keeping areas south of the front warm and dry while areas north of the front deal with clouds, showers, and cooler temperatures. The front is expected to washout tomorrow allowing warm dry air to prevail for all.
A FROST ADVISORY will be in effect from 1 AM to 8 AM Saturday for parts of West TN and Northeast MS. Southerly winds will bring warmer air into the area for the rest of the weekend, but a cold front Sunday could also bring a few showers.
A cold front will move through the Mid-South tomorrow bringing clouds but little if any rain. The air ahead of the front is warm and relatively dry while air behind the front is mainly dry but much cooler. As a result, a significantly cooler end to the week is expected.
Southerly winds and a full day of sunshine will warm temperatures above average tomorrow followed by a cold front Thursday that will bring clouds, a chance of rain, a big chill to the Mid-South for the end of the week.
The remnants of Delta will move toward the Mid-South tonight bringing heavy rain and wind to the area by early morning Saturday. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will be in effect for much of the area including Memphis as the system moves through.
Hurricane Delta is churning north through the Gulf of Mexico poised to make landfall Friday and quickly move north bringing the remnants through our area. Showers will begin overnight with the heaviest rain moving through the Mid-South this weekend.
Our streak of great weather for the past few days is coming to an end and will transition to clouds and rain. Hurricane Delta, now in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast Friday with the remnants quickly moving north into the Mid-South.
The Mid-South will enjoy a couple more days of nice weather as high pressure keeps a seasonable pattern in place for now. In the meantime, Hurricane Delta moves toward the Gulf and will likely make landfall along the U.S. coast and then move north bringing rain and wind to our area Friday.
High pressure will keep the Mid-South dry for the next few days with gradually warming temperatures. Tropical Storm Delta is in the Caribbean where it is expected to quickly intensify and move into the Gulf of Mexico and head north which could bring rain into our area by the end of the week.
Clouds clear for the weekend ahead of a cold front that will move through the Mid-South Monday bringing rain for much of the day. Cooler drier air will quickly move in behind the front and remain in place for much of next week.
The remnants of Beta are moving east and taking the rain with it, but clouds will linger across the Mid-South for a little longer as some low level moisture remains overnight and for much of the day tomorrow.
As Beta makes a move north tonight it will keep rain in the Mid-South. No severe weather is expected and rainfall for most areas will be light, but parts of North Mississippi could get an addition 1 to 2 inches of rain by the end of the day tomorrow.
Tropical Depression Beta will move northeast arriving in the Mid-South by Friday, but rain from the system has already moved in with the heaviest expected to move in Wednesday night into early Thursday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely primarily along and south of the I-40 corridor.
High pressure in the upper Midwest will make for some great weather in the Mid-South for this final weekend of summer. In the Gulf Tropical Storm Beta has formed and it will likely have an impact on our much anticipated streak of nice weather for next week.
Sally will make landfall near Mobile late tonight but won’t have much if any impact on the Mid-South. However, a late week cold front will bring fall-like temperatures to the area for the last weekend of summer.