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.
Temperatures and winds increase ahead of an approaching cold front that will bring rain overnight into early Saturday. That will be followed by cold dry air that will move in Saturday night and remain into the beginning of next week.
Moisture continues to stream into the area from the south as a cold front approaches from the northwest. This will keep warm temperatures, clouds, and isolated to widely scattered showers in place until the front moves through tomorrow evening.
A stalled front to our south will drive rain and a few thunderstorms north overnight south of the I-40 corridor and primarily into much of North Mississippi. The severe threat is very low, but a few storms could produce heavy rain and hail. More rain and thunderstorms will be likely again Wednesda
A potent low pressure system with a trailing cold front will move out of the Plains and into the Mid-South late tonight into early Saturday morning. This system will be threat of severe weather to much of the Mid-South. Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and torrential rain will accompany this sy
Southerly winds are bringing warmer air into the Mid-South allowing temperatures to climb well above average. A cold front will move through the area late Friday night into Saturday morning bringing the potential for flooding and strong to severe storms.
Southerly winds allow warmer air to move into the Mid-South for the rest of the week followed by a low pressure system and cold front that will bring rain and thunderstorms for the end of the week and weekend.
A weak cold front that moved through the Mid-South Monday brings cooler temperatures for the next couple of days followed by the return of warmer air and Gulf moisture later this week that will usher in our next round for rain and thunderstorms.
A weak cold front to our north with a steady flow of moisture from the south will keep clouds, patchy drizzle, and fog in place tonight and tomorrow, but a more potent cold front will bring heavier rain and a few thunderstorms to the area this weekend.
South winds will make for a mild and dry night and allow temperatures to warm above average again tomorrow. There will be a considerable amount of clouds through the week and rain is likely this weekend.
Dry air firmly entrenched across the middle and lower Mississippi River Valley will make for a very pleasant and mild week in the Mid-South. On the other hand, that means no white Christmas again this year.
After a windy, cold, and cloudy day we’re in for a clear and cold night along with light to calm winds which could lead to some patchy freezing fog in the outlying areas of the Mid-South. Sunshine returns tomorrow, but temperatures will remain below average.
The weekend will be warmer and mainly dry, but clouds and a few showers are possible early Saturday and again late Sunday with more rain and a few thunderstorms Monday followed by a big shot of cold air for next week.
Skies clear overnight as dry air moves in from the west allowing a full day of sunshine tomorrow. Clouds will gradually increase Thursday ahead of our next system which will also bring a chance of rain before the week is over.
Moisture will rapidly increase tonight and tomorrow bringing clouds and a chance of rain into the Mid-South for tomorrow and Friday. This will be followed by a cold front over the weekend that will bring even better chances of rain and the possibility of storms.
Warm moist air from the southwest moving northeast ahead of a cold front will keep rain in the Mid-South into the overnight hours. Downpours, lightning, and some brief gusts of wind will also accompany this system. New data shows the severe weather threat overnight to be very low.
A cold front will bring rain and thunderstorms through the Mid-South Tuesday. Strong to severe storms will be possible Tuesday evening from 5 PM to midnight. Heavy rain and damaging wind are the main concerns, but there is a slight chance of isolated tornadoes as well.