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

Rainy & windy start to the weekend then get ready for the cold

Tracking more rain and the return of colder temperatures

An approaching cold front keeps rain in the Mid-South overnight & tomorrow

Storms possible for some overnight & a very active pattern for all this week

FIRST ALERT: New info on timing and threats of early morning storms moving through the Mid-South

Heavy rain & strong storms threaten the weekend

Mild for now but heavy rain and storms are coming

Warm up begins tomorrow ahead of our next storm system

Cool & dry for now but a warmer and stormier pattern develops by the weekend

Tracking weekend rain and thunderstorms

More clouds & drizzle ahead of weekend rain & thunderstorms

A Christmas warm enough for the record books & more warm temperatures to come

Perfect weather for Santa tonight & a warm Christmas Day but clouds & rain chances increase

A warm pattern in place for the holidays

Clouds linger through the weekend and there will be showers for some

Pacific moisture moving toward the Mid-South

Another cold night but southerly winds return tomorrow

Clouds clear but cold temperatures remain

Storms move out as cold air moves in

Weekend clouds ahead of an active pattern taking shape

Clouds & increasing rain chances

Clear & cold tonight but more seasonable tomorrow

Skies clear and temperatures fall tonight

Dry for now but more rain & cold temperatures are coming

Clouds are here and rain moves in soon

Clouds increase ahead of our next chance of rain

Clouds finally clear out, but not for long

Rain chances are slim for Thanksgiving, but there is a chance

Cold front makes for a rainy night & possibly a few storms as well

Tracking a threat of storms for Tuesday