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

Warmer weekend and more rain in the First Alert Forecast

Warmer temperatures and increasing rain chances

Cool & dry end to the week but next week could be stormy

Cold front brings more rain overnight

Another cold front brings more rain and a dip in temperatures

Get ready for a chilly weekend

A cold front brings rain, thunderstorms, & falling temperatures

A cold front brings rain & the coldest air of the season

Temperatures warm then fall & more rain on the way

Another front brings cooler temperatures & better rain chances

Another record high shattered but the pattern is finally changing

Another day of record heat & more is likely tomorrow

October begins with record heat & more on the way

More heat to start October but a change is coming

  Breakdown: Why summer seems to be lasting longer

Record heat Friday and more to come next week

The rain is gone now get ready for some heat

Rain chances remain for now but drier & much hotter pattern is coming

More rain on the way but not for everyone

A seasonable start to fall but warmer temperatures will return

The final weekend of summer will be warm & dry in the Mid-South

A little rain for some today but much more is needed

Tracking a chance of relief from the heat & dry weather

The summer sizzle continues & shows signs of lasting even longer

The hottest day of summer and there’s more heat on the way

More heat for the weekend & tracking Tropical Depression 9

Cold front brings little if any relief & tracking a storm in the Bahamas

Hot & dry pattern showing signs of lasting longer

  Breakdown: Why August fog could predict winter snowfall

More heat on the way but a change in the pattern is coming