04/28 Ryan’s “Rain-Forest” Friday Night Forecast


It may feel like a rain forest out there right now, and sadly, that won’t be changing before the end of the weekend. Expect steadily increasing winds from the South to pool more and more moisture in the area, leading to another muggy night in the upper 70s before changes move in Sunday night.

These changes will arrive in the form of a strong cold front by 6 pm Sunday night. Right now this system will bring a “slight” severe threat to South MS, but this could both increase or decrease before the front arrives. The upper level features with this system are conducive for heavy rains, small-to-medium hail, and damaging straight-line winds. The tornado potential is very low, but not zero so please remain “weather aware” through the late afternoon and evening Sunday night/Monday morning. Current rain estimates are between 2-4″, so flash flooding and coastal flooding will be more areas of concern, especially during high tides.

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Once this system moves through, high pressure will begin building in and we’ll see a few cooler and drier days, though we’ll only fall into the upper 70s. With the exception of a rainy Wednesday, next week is looking considerably sunnier and less humid than this one.

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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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