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 TORNADO WATCH is in effect for Northeast Arkansas and West Tennessee until 2 AM as a potent cold front drives storms into the area tonight. Damaging wind, large hail, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes are the main threats with this system.
Clouds have moved in from the west and Gulf moisture will increase from the south overnight & early tomorrow combining with an upper level disturbance to bring scattered showers tomorrow afternoon & evening.
Rain has moved out for now but, the month of March ends with 9.40 inches of rain which is 4.24 inches above average for the month. Fortunately, we’ll have a mainly dry pattern for the next few days and warmer temperatures too.
Low pressure will move east out of Texas overnight bringing a surge of moisture into the Mid-South. The low will stay to our south so no severe weather is expected but downpours will some thunder and lightning are likely
A cold front will bring the potential for severe weather to the Mid-South late Saturday afternoon and evening. Heavy rain, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes will be possible from 4 PM to Midnight primarily in West Tennessee and Northeast Mississippi.
Moisture riding along a stall front well to our south is keeping clouds and a few showers in the area and will continue to do so overnight, but sunshine returns during the day tomorrow as a dry pattern settles in for a few days.
Clouds continue to stream in from the west southwest tonight and a few showers can be found just south of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area. This will keep a slight chance of rain in the mix overnight and tomorrow, but dry air from the north will settle in before the week is over.
A potent low pressure system and trailing cold front will move through the area late tonight bringing a line of storms capable of producing heavy rain, large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes. The main time period for severe storms will be from 10 PM to 2 AM.
Clouds have moved into the Mid-South this evening from a disturbance streaming in from the northwest. This will bring a slight chance of a stray shower to the area overnight and again tomorrow evening.
Clouds will continue to linger across the Mid-South overnight and through the day tomorrow as a weak cold front slowly works its way from north to south through the area. A stray shower or snow flurry is possible in advance of and along the front but chances are slim.
A cold front moving through the Mid-South tonight will allow drier air to move in from the west this week bringing a break from the rain, but a weak disturbance Tuesday night will keep a slight chance of rain in the area through Wednesday.
We’ll have to endure another cold night, high pressure will bring southerly winds and more sunshine tomorrow making for a warmer day. That will also drive in Gulf moisture ahead of a warm front that will bring clouds and rain back into the Mid-South.
Moisture moving in from the south overnight will intersect cold air along and north of the I-40 corridor during the early morning hours causing the leading edge of precipitation to briefly transition to snow.
Showers end this evening allowing for a brief break before our next chance of precipitation. With cold air in place, there could be snow flurries or a brief wintry mix in some parts of the Mid-South Thursday morning.
A cold front will move through the Mid-South early Tuesday morning bringing rain to much of the area beginning tonight and continuing through the day followed by cooler air that will remain in place for the rest of the week.
High pressure moving south out of the Northern Plains is driving out clouds and ushering in a brief spell of bitterly cold air. Temperatures plummet tonight and, even with sunshine, won’t warm up much for Valentine’s Day.
Clouds, drizzle, and a few stray showers will linger overnight but the heavier rainfall has now moved east of the Mid-South. Cold dry air is now beginning to stream into the area making for a very cold end to the week.
A low pressure system will move through the Mid-South Wednesday bringing more rain and periods of heavy rain for the entire area. As a result, a FLOOD WATCH is in effect for the entire Mid-South through Thursday morning. There is also a chance of a few strong to severe storms in NE Mississippi.
A strong southerly flow ahead of an approaching low pressure system will bring a considerable amount of rainfall to much of the area, especially along and south of the I-40 corridor. One to three inches of rain will be possible in many areas. As a result, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for much
Light snow and flurries will fall across much of the Mid-South tonight with accumulation ranging from a dusting to half an inch for most areas. There could be some icing on bridges and overpasses overnight due to temperatures falling below freezing, but no major travel issues are expected.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms have moved out of the area and now cold air is streaming in. This could lead to a few snow flurries or snow showers tomorrow night in parts of the Mid-South especially along and north of the I-40 corridor.
A cold front with a developing low pressure system will keep rain in the Mid-South tonight through Thursday along with the threat of some stronger storms in Northeast Mississippi Wednesday afternoon and evening.