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.
The hot & muggy pattern continues for another day and the HEAT ADVISORY remains through Wednesday evening as heat indices again climb into the triple digits. A front Thursday will bring better chances of rain and cooler temperatures to end the week.
Gulf moisture will stream into the Mid-South this weekend making for warmer temperatures and muggier conditions. Expect heat indices to reach the triple digits during the afternoon hours Saturday and Sunday
Dry air will take a bite out of humidity as this summer month comes to a close and the next one begins. Enjoy it while it’s here because this pattern won’t last long. The heat and humidity will return in a matter of days.
In this episode of the Breakdown, we are going to explain how upper level winds are pushing Saharan Dust and smoke from Arizona wild fires into the region giving us the gorgeous sunsets the past few days.
A series of big storms have impacted the Central Plains and the Mid-South recently. These storms have produced flash flooding, produced gusty winds and severe storms, caused significant damage in some areas.
Humidity is on the rise this week with temperatures slightly below normal for now. A dry pattern is also in place for most of the area, with rain chances remaining minimal for the next several days. Temperatures will steadily increase as we get closer to the weekend.