04/27 Ryan’s “Warm/Cold Front” Thursday Forecast

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Despite last night’s cold front, temperatures rose today by about 5 degrees in Gulfport, so “warm/cold” or “tepid” front might be a better name. What actually happened was a cold front moved through at about 2 AM, but the northerly winds on the back side were weak and only lasted around 8 hours. Any cooler & drier air that moved in was quickly pushed back out as the winds shifted South by sunset, and continue to bring in warm moist air. These winds will continue to increase through Friday and Saturday as the pressure gradient tightens due to a new frontal system moving in. Basically, the temperature and humidity will continue to increase until the front moves through Sunday night.

This new front has a much higher chance of bringing severe weather to the area than the last few we’ve seen. I’ll have a much more detailed look at it tomorrow, but right now all modes of severe weather seem to be possible and the chances continue to climb. We’ll continue to monitor this system as it develops and have updates through the weekend. Expect a few days of clear & dry weather as we begin the next work week.

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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

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