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.
The weekend will begin with sunshine but clouds will move in by Saturday night and rain will arrive Sunday with the heaviest expected to arrive Sunday night into Monday. Rainfall amounts are expected to average 1″ to 2″ for much of the Mid-South.
Clouds will break tomorrow allowing sunshine for the end of the week and start to the weekend. That will be followed by a low pressure system Sunday that will bring the potential for 2 to 3 inches of rain in the Mid-South.
An upper level disturbance is bringing clouds and scattered showers to the Mid-South tonight but shouldn’t put a big damper on the rest of the week. Another system will move in Sunday bringing more rain for the end of the weekend and the beginning of next week.
A strong low pressure system in the Midwest is driving clouds and cold air into the Mid-South tonight where it will remain through the weekend. Fortunately, clouds will break and we will enjoy some sunshine but it will be chilly.
A upper level low pressure system in the Middle Mississippi River Valley will drive more clouds and cold air into the Mid-South tomorrow along with enough moisture to produce a few flurries or snow showers over part of Northeast Arkansas and West Tennessee during the late afternoon and evening.
A north wind will keep clouds and cold air from the Northern Plains in the Mid-South through the weekend. Cold air will remain in place for the beginning of next week when a low pressure system along the Gulf Coast drives moisture into the area bring a chance of snow for some.
A weak cold front brought clouds through the area today. That will be followed by high pressure tomorrow making for a sunny day and another system Wednesday that returns clouds and ultimately leads to rain Thursday.
An upper level disturbance kept clouds, drizzle, and cool temperatures across the Mid-South to start the weekend, but a clearing sky tonight will lead to sunshine and warmer temperatures to end the weekend and start next week.
The Mid-South rang in the New Year with rain at the stroke of midnight and endured cloud cover over much of the area for the first day of the New Year. A dry pattern is now taking shape but clouds will linger for at another day.
Low pressure will lift north out of Texas tonight driving a surge of rain and warm air into the Mid-South. As a result, 2020 will end and 2021 will begin on a soggy note along with much warmer and windy conditions before a much cooler and drier pattern settles in later on New Year’s Day.
A stalled front is keeping rain in place across the Mid-South tonight and will be followed by a low pressure system moving north out of Texas that will keep showers in place tomorrow, rising temperatures and heavier rain tomorrow night, and falling temperatures Friday.
A series of fronts and upper level disturbances will bring rain to the Mid-South as the year comes to a close. Temperatures will also be up and down between the systems. Rainfall Wednesday through Friday will average 2 to 2.5 inches for most areas.
After enduring a chilly holiday, winds shift to the south tonight allowing warmer air to stream into the Mid-South and taking temperatures from below average to end the week to above average for the weekend.
High pressure in the Plains is driving cold Canadian air into the Mid-South where it will remain overnight and through the day tomorrow before southerly winds bring warmer air into the area for the weekend.
A cold front will move through the Mid-South tomorrow bringing a half an inch to an inch of rain to much of the Mid-South. Cold dry air will fill in behind the front bringing a very chilly pattern to end the week.
Above average temperatures will continue for another day tomorrow along with increasing clouds and rain will ultimately move in late in the day and be followed by much cooler air for the weekend and next week.
After a cold night we’ll enjoy dry pattern for now along with a gradual warming trend that will push temperatures well above average as the week progresses. That will be followed by a cold front Friday night that will be rain and cooler weekend temperatures.
Skies cleared from west to east this afternoon and high pressure will keep skies clear and allow temperatures to warm tomorrow, but a cold front Sunday will bring a few clouds and slightly cooler temperatures.
A low pressure system moving out of the Plains is driving clouds and rain into the Mid-South. Below average temperatures in place across the area could allow a wintry mix in parts of Northeast Arkansas, but most of the area is in for a cold rain.
A low pressure system will move through the Southeastern U.S. Sunday bringing clouds and rain to the Mid-South. Cold dry air will pour in behind the system and settle into the Mid-South for the beginning of next week.