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.

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

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

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Pittsburgh Record: Warmest February Day Ever Recorded

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

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More Snow Expected Monday Afternoon Into Tuesday

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

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

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

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Forecasters Warn Of Possible Major Winter Storm

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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.