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.
High pressure will keep the Mid-South cool and dry to end the week and rain chances are diminishing for the weekend as well, but a cold front next week will bring more rain and possibly a few strong storms.
A welcome change in the weather pattern will make for a nice and dry start to the weekend but rain will develop Sunday as a cold front moves through the Mid-South followed by significantly cooler temperatures next week.
The high temperature in Memphis reached 98 degree Thursday afternoon topping the long standing record of 93 set in 1954. Fortunately, a cooler pattern is evolving and bringing better chances of rain in the coming days.
The high temperature in Memphis reached 97 degrees Tuesday afternoon breaking a record high for the second day in a row. Get ready for another record to fall tomorrow despite a cold front moving through the area.
Memphis reached a high temperature of 96 for the first day of October topping a record of 95 set in 1953. More record heat is likely tomorrow and again Thursday, but the pattern will quickly change in the coming days with cooler temperatures along with a better chance of rain.
You may have noticed that the summer heat seems to be lasting longer here in the Mid-South, and the cool fall temperatures seem to be arriving a little later. Our friends a Climate Central did some digging into the data and came up with some interesting results.
The high temperature in Memphis reached 95 Friday afternoon tying a record set in 1`998. More heat is in store for the next several day and more records could be tied or broken to start the month of October.
Dry air is moving in behind a cold front but don’t expect any cooler temperatures. The dry air and a quick return of southerly winds will allow temperatures to warm to near record limits in the coming days.
A cold front will keep rain chances in the Mid-South now through the morning and midday hours tomorrow. Areas along and north of the I-40 corridor will be the most likely to get rain. This will be followed by the return of hot and dry conditions for several days.
An approaching cold front will bring rain to the Mid-South Wednesday and Thursday. The showers will be scattered with the better chances of rainfall primarily in East Arkansas and West Tennessee. That will be followed by the return of a very hot and dry weather pattern.
Finally, some much needed rain fell over much of the Mid-South but much more is needed. There is a chance later this week then get ready for dry conditions and more heat to return by the end of the week.
High pressure will ridge into the area from the east keeping rain at bay and temperatures above average. Fall begins Monday with a cold front that brings slightly cooler temperatures and another slight chance of rain.
Moisture from the remnants of Imelda was driven north today into the Mid-South bringing a few isolated to widely scattered showers and storms. This will be the case again tomorrow but rain chances still remain slim.
It was another day of record breaking heat as the high temperature in Memphis reached 99 degrees topping a previous record of 97 set in 1953 and tied in 2010. But a tropical system in Texas increases our chances of rain and temperatures take a slight dip.
The high temperature in Memphis reached 100 degrees Monday afternoon making it the hottest day of the 2019 summer season. Temperatures will remain well above average for the next several days and the chances for rain still remain slim.
The heat and humidity will remain through the end of the week and rain chances remain slim. An anticipated system moving north next week is now showing sighs of missing our area. As a result, the current pattern will likely continue well into next week.
High pressure continues to dominate the weather pattern in the Mid-South keeping us hot, muggy, and mainly dry, but better chances for rain and cooler temperatures are in the First Alert Forecast for next week.