5/2 – Midday News “Warm/Windy” Forecast

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A generally quiet weather pattern continues over region as an upper level ridge begins settling in over the Gulf of Mexico today. The ridge aloft has created a warming trend and this will be even more realized today as upper-level heights increase.

Model guidance was spot on yesterday at many locations, so used model guidance for forecast highs today. That means, could be seeing highs getting quite close to the mid/upper-80s at a few locations inland from the cooler coastal waters. An upper level trough moving across the upper Mississippi Valley Thursday night followed by a more southern stream trough over the weekend will erode and suppress the ridge to the south. Low end rain chances will begin late Friday to the west, with rain chances increasing on Saturday as a frontal boundary moves into the region.

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Models then show precipitation chances falling off quite a bit Sunday as the second upper trough shifts east and the boundary surges offshore.

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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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