Ryan’s First Thursday Forecast

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We got off to quite an interesting start this morning, and the first Thursday forecast holds more rain ahead for the Gulf Coast. The rain may be done for this evening, but after only a day or two of reprieve, we see the showers and thunderstorms return Sunday afternoon, and stick around for a few days. Flooding continues to be the main issue right now, as parts of Harrison Co. recieved over 10 inches of rain in just 5 hours. Residents near rivers should continue to be wary as we head into tomorrow, to watch the banks and make sure further action is not needed to protect their property. Many residents had to be rescued from their homes or cars this morning, remember, it’s easy to underestimate how fast/deep water is, and it only takes a few feet moving slowly to sweep away a car. Please, I know the rhyming phrases are cheesy sometimes, but “Turn around, don’t drown.” I know you have places to be but it generally isn’t worth your life or your car. We will see pleasant conditions tomorrow (Friday) and most of Saturday before the rain returns, so it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the weekend.

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Born in Tennessee, raised in Arkansas, and now a resident of Mississippi, Ryan Mahan is proud to be a Southerner and to belong to this community. A former student of Millsaps and a graduate of the University of South Alabama, he now has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a focus in Broadcast. Ryan’s passion for weather began in 2005 after witnessing the destruction that Hurricane Katrina had on his family and home. With nothing but a point-and-shoot digital camera in hand, he walked miles up and down the Coast to document the tragedy and its effects on the area and people around him. Using social media, he posted the photos and the stories behind them. The reaction from his peers inspired him to pursue a career doing what had up until then been a hobby. He loves working for WXXV because he feels it is the best opportunity he has to connect with the locals to whom he delivers the weather. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with those curious to learn more, particularly young students who express an interest in science and weather. One way he shares his enthusiasm is by getting involved in the scholastic educational process; he has judged several science fairs, talent shows, and pageants at local coast schools. He can also be found visiting several elementary school classes, hopefully turning your children future meteorologists. Ryan is a self-proclaimed geeky nerd. He loves all things sci-fi, and can usually be found watching his favorite cartoons on Adult Swim or playing any one of his array of video game consoles. He says he’s lucky that his high-school teacher wife puts up with him. They have a small bevy of furry children, but he really enjoys spending time with his two nieces, Claire and Elly, the latter of whom has made a few appearances on the network alongside him delivering the weather. You can follow Ryan on the following social media platforms: Facebook: @wxxvmahan Twitter: @wxxvryan