12/6 – Rob’s “Warming” Thursday Afternoon Forecast

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Upper-level clouds will move into the area today as an area of high-pressure is now to our NE. Friday morning low-level clouds should move in with areas of patchy fog as a warmer/humid air mass begins to affect the area.

A surface low-pressure system will continue to develop in Texas and move east across the northern GOM Saturday. This will bring light rainfall Friday night then the heavier rain will move through as the low moves in for Saturday. The timing of the heaviest rain looks to be into the early afternoon hours. The rainfall process should be fairly robust but the system will spend little time over the area as it should be moving quickly ENE. A cool rain will be over much of the area. Numbers for severe weather are not impressive, but depending on the exact track of the low, a few strong thunderstorms could affect the coast.

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Regardless of thunderstorms, winds could be a problem for some. Winds will be east mainly in the 10-15 mph range but gusts will be anywhere from 20 mph for most locations while a few open areas could reach gusts to 30 mph Saturday as the low approaches.

The coastal waters are almost sure to have some strong activity. But for the most part, inland areas should observe a wet, windy, cool system. The rainfall will likely be intense enough to cause the normal flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas and the entire area in a slight risk of excessive rainfall. At the moment all areas should receive 1 to 3 inches but isolated higher amounts are almost sure to occur.

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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.