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

One more day of heat then a break in the pattern

More extreme heat to start the week

Get ready for a hot & humid weekend

  Breakdown: Why location determines tropical systems name

Heat and humidity on the rise

Hot but not so humid

A much needed break from the extreme heat

More dangerous heat tomorrow

August begins on a warm but mild note

A break from the extreme humidity

Not your typical end of July & start of August weather pattern

Cold front impacts the start of the week

Getting muggier & warmer for the weekend

Warmer & muggier weekend ahead

Change in the pattern this weekend

  Get ready for a great week ahead

A hot & humid weekend ahead but a big change is coming

  More Dangerous Heat in the First Alert Forecast

Extreme heat gripping the Mid-South

Tracking Barry and its potential impact on the Mid-South

Some relief from the heat

More intense heat in your First Alert Forecast

Rain chances and temperatures will be increasing soon

Rain chances, heat, & humidity continue

Typical summertime pattern in place

  Breakdown: Why smoke and dust create beautiful sunsets

  Breakdown: How a cluster of storms form in the atmosphere

Another round of storms possible tonight

A series of disturbances increase rain chances

A more typical summer pattern taking shape