Ron Smiley

Arriving in June of 2015, Ron Smiley has been giving a local and hopefully bright outlook on the day in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
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Joined KDKA: June 2015
Hometown: Grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas
Alma Mater: Little Rock Catholic High

Music: Love all types. I’m a dad now so Katy Perry rocks!
Movie: “Tombstone” is the best movie ever made
TV Show: CW Shows, sports
Book: “Storm Watchers: the Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin’s Kite to El Nino”
Hobbies: Basketball, My kids, gaming Xbox Live ID: RBSmilez
Sports Team: Arkansas Razorbacks, San Antonio Spurs
Food: Lasagna, Chocolate, Cereal
Local Restaurant: Totopo Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Hidden PA Gem: Hiking around Cucumber Falls
Sport/Exercise: Basketball, running
Historical Figure: George Washington Carver
Favorite Pennsylvanian: Benjamin Franklin? He wasn’t born here, but lived a good portion of his life in the state. Father of Meteorology
Quote: “All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.” – Paul Laurence Dunbar
Word: Really?
Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach
Holiday: Easter
Guilty Pleasure: Cheat days!
Planet The one I live on…

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? If I have to choose…Dog
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text Message
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning person
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek

Arriving in June of 2015, Ron Smiley has been giving a local and hopefully bright outlook on the day in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

Born a Texan, Ron grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas after his dad retired from the Air Force. He often times says that if he can grow up under a drill sergeants roof, than he can take anything that life can throw at him.

After graduating from Little Rock Catholic High, Ron pursued his degree at Arkansas Tech University. While there, he met his wife Michelle. Michelle and Ron have two children together.

Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Ron worked in Mississippi and Arkansas along with most recently New Orleans and Indianapolis. He says that his love for the weather developed at a young age as he loved to hang out in the garden and talk clouds with his neighbor Mr. Mike, an employee at the National Weather Service. Ron is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has been rewarded his AMS seal.

In Ron’s free time he loves to cook and explore with his family. You may catch him out and about on a Saturday morning running for a good cause or hanging with his family at a local park or museum. Ron also loves to bike, even though he admits it’s a lot more challenging with Pennsylvania hills.

most recent stories2 Ron Smiley

Alerts, Advisories Issued As 1st Widespread Snow Event Of Season Expected

Western Pennsylvania’s first widespread snow event is expected on Tuesday with most seeing minor road issues during the morning commute.


Are Harsh Winters A Thing Of The Past In Pittsburgh?

You may have wondered why it seems winters now aren’t as cold or snowy as they used to be. But is that more perception than reality? And what can we expect in the future?


Coldest Temps Of Season Expected, Snow Possible Overnight

Temperatures are expected to only go lower over the next two mornings behind a cold front that will bring a quick round of rain and snow tonight.


Ron’s Weather Blog: 50 Percent Chance Of Snow In October

In western Pennsylvania, you have about a 50 percent chance of seeing flurries in October.


Tropical Storm Nate Strengthening, Could Impact Western Pennsylvania

Tropical Storm Nate is strengthening and could impact western Pennsylvania by the end of the weekend.


Tropical Depression 10, Remnants Of Tropical Storm Harvey Could Affect Northeast

While the weather has been mostly calm locally, moisture from a tropical depression could move in this week.


Tropical Storm Cindy Expected To Impact Pittsburgh-Area

It won’t be a direct hit but Tropical Storm Cindy will have an impact on our weather over the next couple of days.


Ron’s Weather Blog: May Marked 16th Straight Month Of Above Average Temps

We wrap up May as the 16th straight month where the City of Pittsburgh has recorded above the monthly average temps.


Alerts Issued As Major Winter Storm Closes In On Region

A significant winter storm is expected to impact the region over the next couple of days.


Snowstorm Then Frigid Arctic Air To Hit Northeast

Winter makes its triumphant return to the Northeast this weekend with up to 7 inches of snow possible through parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.


Ron’s Weather Blog: Potential Exists For Big Snowfall This Weekend

Winter may not be over just yet if model data coming out this morning is to be believed.


Does It Really Do That? Air Dragon

The Air Dragon claims to inflate tires, balls and other items in seconds, but does it really do that?


Early Spring? Higher Than Average Temps Expected For Next 8 Days

Meteorologist Ron Smiley is not ready to say that winter is over just yet, but we will be Spring’ing ahead this weekend with highs in the upper 50s.


More Snow To Impact W. Pa., Winter Weather Advisory Issued

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for several communities across western Pennsylvania due to snow from a mid-level low.


Winter Weather Returns With Snow In Forecast For Next 5 Days

It was nice while it lasted wasn’t it? After our two-week spring fling with warmer weather, winter weather returns today.



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