08/02 Ryan’s “Rain Begins” Wednesday Night Forecast

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It was another hot and somewhat drier day in South MS, but as the cloud cover and rain moves in we’ll see those humidity values skyrocket. Clouds will continue to increase through the rest of the evening and I’m expecting scattered showers to begin popping up over the next few hours. Rain chances will increase through the night and into tomorrow afternoon, when the daytime heating and dynamic “frontal” lift will lead to the formation of thunderstorms. These thunderstorms are expected to remain below the threshold for severe weather, but an isolated strong storm or two can’t be ruled out. Since the boundary that moved in to day will stall over the area, these rainy conditions will last through the weekend and into the beginning of the week.

The tropics are beginning to heat up now that August has arrived, and the likely formation zones are beginning to shift toward the West. That means the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Southwestern area of the Atlantic Basin will become more active. Currently only one area just off of the West Coast of Africa has any chance of forming within the next 5 days, and it’s only 30%.

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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