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

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Strong to severe storms threaten the Mid-South tonight

Severe storms possible Wednesday night

Rain is likely for some parts of the Mid-South tomorrow

Clouds are increasing but a mainly dry pattern continues for now

Tracking clouds streaming in from the west

March ends on a soggy note but a somewhat drier pattern lies ahead

Tracking another round of rain and it could be heavy for some

Strong to severe storms threaten the Mid-South this weekend

A little more rain for some and then get ready for sunshine for all

Drier pattern emerging but a chance of rain remains

Strong to severe storms threaten the Mid-South overnight

Enjoy the weekend because rain moves in next week

Clouds are back and so is the chance of rain

Sunshine returns tomorrow, but we have to wait just a little longer for a warm up

A break from the rain but not the clouds

A somewhat drier pattern emerging

Tracking a weekend warm up that will ultimately lead to rain

A cold night that will feel even COLDER

Tracking more rain & a chance of snow Thursday morning

From tracking rain to tracking a chance of snow

Tracking another round of rain and falling temperatures

Warmer weekend followed by rain & fall temperatures next week

Clouds clear and temperatures fall

Rain is get ready for the cold

Tracking rain, the potential for flooding, & the possibility of storms

Heavy rain brings the threat of flood to parts of the Mid-South

Sunshine for the weekend but another rainy pattern next week

Snow for many tonight but no need to panic

From tracking storms to now tracking a chance of snow

Rain continues for all and a few strong storms are possible for some