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.
A very active pattern will be in place through the weekend bringing periods of rain and thunderstorms the Mid-South. Rainfall will be heavy at times with as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain for many areas through Sunday.
A cold front will move through the Mid-South over the next 24 hours, bringing isolated to widely scattered showers and storms to much of the area, followed by a much need break from the heat and humidity.
As the Beale Street Music Festival draws closer this upcoming weekend along with so many other outdoor festivities, the forecast becomes a big player in it all. It seems like the first weekend in May every year is always rain in the forecast.