10/18 – Rob’s “Air Mass Modification” Wednesday Forecast


An area of high pressure is centered near Washington, DC this morning with an axis southwestward into east Texas. No significant cloud cover or precipitation is across the area. Away from direct marine influences, temperatures are generally in the 50s and 60s early this morning. High-pressure aloft will build into the area for Thursday and Friday, so little in the way of precipitation through Friday. Not really much difference in high temperature guidance through Friday, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see highs a degree or two above seasonal average going into the weekend.

As high-pressure aloft and at the surface moves eastward, onshore flow will become more established over the weekend. This will allow moisture to return, with precipitation to return over the weekend as an upper trough moves out of the Rockies. Several impulses will wrap around the trough, aiding in the development of showers and thunderstorms each day until the upper trough passes. Showers and t-storms will affect the viewing area as early as Saturday afternoon through Monday as a cold front pushes to the east. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm through the weekend with high temperatures 10-15 degrees above normal. Cooler weather arrives at midweek.

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Chief Meteorologist Rob Knight is a familiar face along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, having been an on-air personality in the local area since 2005. Rob is originally from New York, but traveled and forecasted weather around the world as an active duty member of the United States Air Force since 1992. In 2005, after 13 years in the USAF, Rob made the transition back to the public sector as an on-air meteorologist, six months prior to Hurricane Katrina. Rob says “Meteorology is not a job for me, it’s my passion. I’m fortunate enough to have been in this wonderfully challenging field since 1992. I solve mysteries. The atmosphere gives you clues and you have to figure out what it’s going to do. How fun is that?” Rob holds a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Florida Institute of Technology, along with several military degrees. He is also a member of the National Weather Association. When his attention isn’t focused on weather, it’s on real estate. Rob and his wife own a local realty. Rob loves to spend time volunteering in the local community, and often works with the Boys and Girls Club, the Humane Society, and several others. On a cool south Mississippi Saturday morning, Rob is usually at one of the many beautiful golf courses.


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