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

A break from the rain for now

A much calmer pattern taking shape for overnight

Summer heat and another chance of storms

Strong storms threaten the Mid-South overnight

Tracking a threat of storms Wednesday night

Rainy pattern for the final days of spring

FLASH FLOOD threat tonight

More rain on the way for the end of the week & weekend

More rain on the way to the Mid-South

A rainy pattern for the next several days

Calm and comfortable weather for your First Alert Forecast

A break from the humidity in the First Alert Forecast

Rain and a few storms in the First Alert Forecast

Hot & steamy holiday weekend ahead

Get ready for a hot holiday weekend

A hot & mainly dry pattern in place

Storms diminish tonight

A much needed streak of nice weather

Tracking more rain for the weekend

More rain coming our way

Stormy pattern tonight and tomorrow

Dry for now but more rain on the way

Rain will impact your weekend

Rainy pattern continues

  Breakdown: Why it always seems to rain the 1st weekend in May

The month of May begins with rain

A dry end to April and a rainy start to May

Weekend rain chances increase

Sunshine returns tomorrow and a slight change in the weekend forecast

Rain is getting closer