4/18 – Rob’s “Mid-Week” Morning Forecast

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No significant weather is expected throughout this week. A deep closed upper level low centered north of Maine is steadily moving east while upper ridge is following behind it. This increasing height regime will bring the return of warmer weather to the area. A clipper trough racing east across the central plains today will send a dry front through the forecast area late tonight through sunrise tomorrow. Compressional warming ahead of this front will moderate temps quite a bit today. From a precipitation perspective, models show isolated showers moving through the outer coastal waters but nothing on shore. Post frontal airmass will knock temps down a good 10 degrees Thursday and Friday.

The next weather impact will be coming this weekend. Models are in good agreement showing an upper low coming into the West Coast Thursday and tracking east to the southern plains by Saturday evening. The low looks to be tracking closer than normal to the area, right across Arkansas and northern MS/AL Sunday. This will bring a surface low with cold and warm fronts appended to it. Model soundings do show quite a bit of bulk shear (as expected) and some instability. Will have to see how model solutions progress but at this time, looks to be much more a docile event compared to this past weekend.

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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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