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 Freeze Warning is in effect across much of northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel, and northwest Tennessee late tonight. Frost is also possible across portions of the Mid-South early Thursday morning.
Clear skies prevail tonight with lows falling to the mid 40s. We’ll start Tuesday with sunshine, but clouds will build in through the day with breezy conditions at times. Tuesday night and early Wednesday, a strong cold front will sweep through, bringing scattered showers and a blast of cold air.
A low pressure system will move through the southeastern U.S. tonight and tomorrow bringing clouds and a few showers to parts of the Mid-South. That will be followed by another chance of rain by the end of the week.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for much of the Mid-South including Memphis and Shelby County until 11 PM. Strong to severe storms will move through the area tonight bringing the threat of damaging wind, heavy rain, hail, and isolated tornadoes.
It was a beautiful spring day in the Mid-South, but another round of spring storms will soon return. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a SLIGHT Risk of severe weather over the southerner half of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area Friday
Temperatures warm above average again tomorrow ahead of a midweek cold front that will bring a threat of strong to severe storms to the Mid-South. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed a SLIGHT Risk of severe weather over much of the area for Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a FREEZE WARNING from 1 AM to 9 AM for the ENTIRE WMC Action News 5 coverage area due to the threat of frost overnight. The Mid-South can expect an even greater threat of frost again Thursday night into Friday morning.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a MODERATE Risk of storms over much of West Tennessee and North Mississippi and an ENHANCED Risk along and west of the Mississippi River. Two rounds of strong to severe storms will impact the Mid-South Thursday.
Sunshine returns tomorrow along with warmer temperatures ahead of our next storm system later this week making Thursday a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed an ENHANCED RISK of severe weather over most of the area for that day.
The Vernal Equinox is Saturday at 4: 37 AM ushering in the official start of spring. We’ll enjoy sunshine and mild temperatures to kick it off, our first round of spring rain and thunderstorms will move in next week.
A low pressure system over the Ohio Valley is keeping clouds and chilly temperatures in place for the end of the week. Sunshine will return this weekend followed by another system next week that will bring more stormy weather to the Mid-South.
A potent storm system will move out of the Plains and move through the Mid-South tomorrow bringing the threat of severe weather to the entire WMC Action News 5 coverage area. Damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes will be possible.
A cold front Sunday brings the threat of severe weather to the Mid-South late Sunday night. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a SLIGHT RISK of severe storm Sunday night over parts of eastern Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, and a small portion of Memphis & Shelby County.
Moisture continues to stream into the Mid-South from the south as a weak cold front approaches from the north. That will keep clouds in place and bring a few showers to the area as the weekend begins, but a better chance of rain and a few thunderstorms will move in before the weekend is over.
A strong southerly flow will keep clouds and above average temperatures in the Mid-South for the rest of the week. That will be followed by a weekend cold front that will bring rain and thunderstorms to the area.
A strong southerly flow will continue to drive warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico into the Mid-South. This will keep clouds in place for the next several days along with increasing rain chances as the weekend approaches.