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

Dangerous Heat Possible In Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania This Weekend

Are you ready to feel the heat? Temperatures could be hot enough that a Heat Advisory may be issued in the coming days.


Soggy Start To 2018: Pittsburgh Running Nearly 8 Inches Above Average

It’s official, this year won’t be the driest year on record in Pittsburgh.


Subtropical Depression Alberto Could Bring Big Rain Totals To W. Pa.

Subtropical Depression Alberto may be inland and heading for Indiana, but the tiny storm is still expected to bring quite the punch to western Pennsylvania and Appalachia.


Active Weather Pattern To Bring Heavy Rain, Destructive Winds, Flooding & Chance Of Snow

An active weather pattern is in the works for today and Wednesday with heavy rain, storms, destructive winds and even another snow chance all occurring before Wednesday afternoon.


Several Rain, Snow Chances Possible In Western Pa. Through Friday

There’s great news for area ski resorts as winter isn’t done just yet for Western Pennsylvania.


Alerts Issued As Rain, Snow, High Winds Expected To Impact Area

A busy day of weather is expected with rain showers pushing through the area today and snow showers possible tonight.


Pittsburgh Record: Warmest February Day Ever Recorded

A 127-year-old weather record has been smashed in Pittsburgh. By the time the sun sets, we very well could have seen one of the hottest February days on record.


Storms Bring Record Rain Totals, Cause Widespread Damage

Residents across the region are cleaning up after a line of storms caused widespread flooding and damage.


Complex System To Bring Chance Of Rain, Snow & Freezing Rain To Western Pa.

A complex weather system will impact western Pennsylvania on Wednesday, which will bring a chance for snow, rain and freezing rain at times.


More Snow Expected Monday Afternoon Into Tuesday

More snow is in the forecast as some areas in the Pittsburgh region continue to recover from this weekend’s mess of ice and snow.


Winter Storm Could Bring Up To A Fifth Of An Inch Of Ice, Accumulating Snow

The city of Pittsburgh is going to look far different on Saturday than what it looks like today thanks to a winter storm.


Winter Storm Warning Issued, System Could Bring Significant Amount Of Snow And Ice To Region

A Winter Storm Warning has now been issued for parts of Western Pennsylvania due to a strong storm system bringing snow and icy conditions to the region Friday night into Saturday morning.


Steelers Will Have To Fight Jaguars, And Brutal Winter Weather On Sunday

Not only will the Pittsburgh Steelers have to fight the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, both teams will have to fight mother nature as well.


Forecasters Warn Of Possible Major Winter Storm

Winter weather returns as we head into the weekend.


Overnight Snow Could Impact Holiday Travel

Another round of snow will move through western Pennsylvania overnight tonight, which could impact those traveling for New Year’s Eve celebrations.


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.


Steelers Vs. Chiefs Playoff Game Could Be An Icy Mess

The road to the Pittsburgh Steelers seventh Lombardi Trophy will have to go through an icy Kansas City this weekend.


Bitter Cold Moves Into Western Pennsylvania

Brace yourself for a deep chill this weekend.


Alerts Issued Ahead Of Latest Round Of Winter Weather

All eyes are on tonight as we have a chance for accumulating snow across the area.


Ron’s Weather Blog: White Christmas Not Likely For Pittsburgh

After the wild ride over the past seven days, western Pennsylvania deserves a weather break.


Weather Warnings & Advisories Issued As Wintry Mix Approaches

An overnight system heading our way from the northwest will bring with it a chance for snow, sleet and freezing rain.


1-3 Inches Of Snow Expected As Latest Round Of Winter Weather Arrives

A quick blast of 1-3 inches of snow is expected to fall through the afternoon hours today with travel during one of the busiest times of the day being impacted.


Snow Expected To Impact Western Pa. Over Weekend

The coldest weather of the season so far arrives in Pittsburgh over the back half of the weekend with snow showers and light accumulating snow possible in the city.


Ron’s Weather Blog: Warm Start To November About To Change

Another warm week is in the books to start the month of November, but things will be changing soon.


Ron’s Weather Blog: Snow Chance Looms On Horizon

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen at least a trace amount of snow in October, but not this year.


Ghosts Of Pittsburgh: Cathedral Of Learning’s Ballroom

The ballroom inside the Cathedral of Learning has a ghost story all its own.