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 hot & somewhat drier pattern emerging for the holiday weekend

Stormy pattern continues for another day

Stormy pattern starts the week

A warm & muggy weekend getting underway

Saharan Dust moving into the Mid-South, but no need to run and hide

A better chance of rain to end the week

Stalled front keeps the chance of more rain for some

Drier air moving in now, but rain chances aren’t over

Cold front keeps more rain in the Mid-South

Heat & humidity increase this weekend and so do our rain chances

Hot end to the week then get ready for a hot & humid weekend

Getting warmer but humidity remains lows for just a little longer

Dry & mild pattern continues for just a little while longer

High pressure keeps a dry pattern in place to start the weekend

Very dry air makes for a not so typical weather pattern for this time of year

Dry air firmly in place for the next several days

A cold front brings a threat of more storms overnight

Cristobal keeps rain & thunderstorms in the Mid-South through the morning

A drier and much warmer weekend followed by a glancing blow from Cristobal

A stormy pattern continues tomorrow

A warm, muggy, and somewhat stormy pattern in place

Heat & humidity are on the rise and so are rain chances

Welcome to meteorological summer & the return of the heat & humidity

A cold front brings a major change in the pattern

Warm and muggy with more rain and thunderstorms before the week is over

Rainy pattern continues, but a much better weekend is in forecast

Active weather pattern in place this week

Rain chances remain for the Memorial Day weekend

A warm front bring a big change in the weather pattern

Mainly dry for now but rain will impact the holiday weekend