8/10 – Rob’s “Wet” Friday Morning Forecast

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We continue to reside in a transition to a more active pattern late this week which will persist into the upcoming weekend. A weak stationary front is currently moving into the NW’tern potion of the state. As we get into the later morning and afternoon hours today, additional lift in the atmosphere with high moisture content will aid in widespread thunderstorm development.

With anomalously high PW values, there lies the risk of very heavy rainfall leading to localized flash flooding.

Because of this, the area continues to be in a marginal risk of thunderstorms exceeding flash flood guidance today. That is not to say any one isolated strong storm couldn’t produce strong gusty winds, but the chance for widespread severe weather will be low.

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By tomorrow, the pattern doesn’t change much with another round of late morning/afternoon storms once again. Threats for Saturday will be similar to today with heavy thunderstorms leading to localized flash flooding in some places, as well as perhaps a strong storm or two delivering gusty winds and dangerous lightning.

By Sunday and into Monday, the aforementioned weak shortwave trough to our north exits off the east coast then dissipates.

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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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