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

First Alert to Freeze Warning tonight, possible frost again Thursday morning

Nice through Tuesday afternoon with a First Alert to cold temperatures and frost for some Wednesday

More clouds tonight ahead of increasing rain chances tomorrow

Dry Thursday with rain returning by Friday

Tracking Wednesday rainfall

High pressure making for a great weekend weather pattern

First Alert: A stormy night ahead followed by a much calmer weekend

Tracking another system and your First Alert to the threat of more storms

Cold front brings another round of rain and a First Alert to the potential for storms

Your First Alert to a big warm up and your next round of rain and storms

Your FIRST ALERT to a frosty end to the week

Tracking another cold front and your FIRST ALERT TO FROST this week

Tracking more rain and the threat of frost this week

Severe storms sweep through the Mid-South: Damages, power outages reported

More storms this weekend making Saturday a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY

A calm end to the week followed by a chance of weekend storms

  Thursday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Here’s how you can prepare


Calm for now, but more storms expected Thursday

A perfect start to spring in the Mid-South, but spring showers will soon return

Say good-bye to winter and hello spring and prepare for spring showers soon

Clouds will be slow to clear and we’re tracking another chance of rain & storms next week

Storms move out tonight but clouds will remain and temperatures take a dip

Wednesday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY as strong to severe storms take aim on the Mid-South

  Wednesday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY; here’s what you need to know

  Calm and dry now, but Wednesday is a First Alert Weather Day

Strong to severe storms possible this weekend

Clouds & above average temperatures remain, but rain chances are now on the rise

Cloudy, warm, and windy pattern in place

A cloudy, warm, and windy pattern taking shape