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

Clouds and cool temperatures aren’t going anywhere just yet

Cold front brings a big change in Mid-South temperatures

A cold front tomorrow brings rain, storms, and cooler temperatures

Another day of near record heat, but two cold fronts will bring a change to that pattern

Stalled front keeps rain chances in the First Alert Forecast

Tracking the possibility of frost and a weekend cold front

Cool dry air moving our way

A front brings a chill and maybe a few showers too

Brief warm up ahead of an approaching cold front

Dry & mild for now, but a late week cold front brings a chill to the Mid-South

Hurricane Delta makes landfall and now moves north toward the Mid-South

Hurricane Delta poised to make landfall Friday and then make a move toward the Mid-South

Rain from Delta begins moving toward the Mid-South

Clouds increase as Hurricane Delta moves toward the U.S. coast and the Mid-South

Our streak of great weather continues but Hurricane Delta could change that

More great weather for now, but a tropical system could impact our weekend

A great start to the weekend but there’s still a chance of rain

Cool & dry for now but a weekend cold front brings a chance of rain

Cold front brings a chill and another brings a chance of rain

A brief warm up before temperatures take another dip

A nice streak of fall weather in the Mid-South

A great weekend followed by more rain & cooler temperatures next week

A drier pattern emerging, but clouds will be slow to clear

More rain on the way tonight and tomorrow thanks to the remnants of Beta

The remnants of Beta bring rain to the Mid-South

Summer ends on a mild note in the Mid-South while fall begins with Tropical Storm Beta

Perfect weekend, but Tropical Storm Beta could put a damper on next week

A taste of fall for the final days of summer

Cold front tomorrow brings a big change in the pattern

The latest on Hurricane Sally and a look ahead to fall temperatures in the Mid-South