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.
Dry air from the northeast is streaming into the Mid-South along with a more stable upper level pattern. This will allow afternoon highs to climb along with heat indices ranging from 100 to 105, but a few showers and storms will still be possible due to muggy air and daytime heating.
An upper level flow will allow storms that develop in the northern Plains to stream south into the Mid-South keeping rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Thursday. A drier pattern will develop before the week is over and remain through the weekend.
High pressure to the southeast will continue to drive Gulf moisture into the area keeping clouds and a few showers in the forecast as the weekend begins, but much of the Mid-South will be mainly dry and humid.
A stationary front lifting north tonight will bring clouds back into the Mid-South along with a series of upper level disturbances that will trigger a few showers and storms during the day tomorrow and tomorrow night.
A stationary front is draped across North Mississippi is allowing clouds and scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop along and south of it. This front will drift over the area through the end of the week keeping the chance for a few more showers and storms in the forecast.
Southerly winds bring warm moist air back into the Mid-South ahead of a series of upper level disturbances and a cold front moving east out of the Plains. This will bring a better chance of rain to the area for the end of the weekend and the beginning of next week.
A southerly flow returns tomorrow allowing temperatures to climb and Gulf moisture to flow back into the Mid-South. Humidity levels will gradually increase reaching a peak by the end of the weekend and the beginning of next week. This will also contribute to an increase in rain chances.
Temperatures are inching up as the final days of spring come to a close. Fortunately, humidity remains low for now, but the heat and humidity will combine for a more typical Mid-South summer pattern before the weekend is over.
An east-northeast wind at the surface and dry air aloft is combining to keep great weather pattern in place across the Mid-South. This pattern will continue for a short while longer before a southerly flow returns to bring a warmer and muggier air mass into the area.
Northeast winds are keeping humidity low and dry air firmly in place as the week comes to a close and the weekend begins. This dry pattern will continue into the beginning of next week, a southerly flow next week will inch temperatures up and allow humidity to increase.
High pressure over the ArkLaTex is driving dry air from the Northern Plains into the middle and lower Mississippi River Valley. This is allowing the Mid-South to enjoy a nice break from the typically excessive June humidity and the pattern is expected to continue for the next several day.
Dry air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere over the Mid-South will provide a break from rain and will also take a bite out of the humidity making for a very nice pattern for the next several days.
The day ended on a dry note after a morning of rain and thunderstorms from Cristobal. Now a cold front is poised to move from west to east through the Mid-South tonight bringing more rain and thunderstorms. Fortunately, a mild dry pattern will be in place behind the front for the rest of the week.
As Tropical Depression Cristobal moves north through Central Arkansas tonight, bands of rain and thunderstorms will continue to impact the Mid-South. Periods of downpours with gusty winds are the main issues.
After a stormy end to the week, a calmer pattern is emerging for the weekend, but a much hotter one as well. As next week begins, Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to be moving up the Mississippi River Valley bringing more rain and storms the the Mid-South.
More upper level disturbances moving through the area keep the chance of more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday. A few storms could be strong to severe producing damaging wind and hail.
An ample amount of moisture combined with a series of upper level disturbances will keep rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for the rest of the week. Downpours, with lightning, and gust wind will also be possible but no widespread severe weather is anticipated.
Warmer air and Gulf moisture have begun streaming into the Mid-South making for a typical summertime pattern. Isolated to widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be possible through the end of the week as a result.
Meteorological summer began began on a mild note today, but warmer temperatures and gradually increasing humidity will make for steamy pattern before the week comes to a close. With the addition moisture, rain chances will also come into play later this week.
Gulf moisture continues to steadily stream into the Mid-South interacting with an upper level low just to the west keeping scattered rain and thunderstorms in the area. This pattern continues for the rest of the week followed by a much better weekend pattern.
A steady stream of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico continues to flow into the Mid-South combining with daytime heating and a series of upper level disturbances to keep scattered rain & thunderstorms in the area. This will continue through Friday followed by a dry & mild pattern for the weekend.
A warm and muggy pattern will combine with a series of upper level disturbances to keep rain in the forecast through the holiday weekend. This unsettled pattern will also continue for much of next week.
A warmer front lifting north overnight will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to the Mid-South by early morning followed by warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and rain chances through the weekend.
Drier air is in place across the Mid-South this evening and will remain for much of the day and the area tomorrow. A warm front Thursday night will usher in a pattern that brings warmer air, more clouds, and better chances of rain to end the week and through the Memorial Day weekend.