12/21 – Rob Knight’s Friday Morning “CLEARING” Forecast

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The backside of the rain shield has moved east of the area as the cloud coverage will continue. Satellite imagery shows most of the low level clouds exiting quickly with a cirrus deck still coming in from the north. This pattern will persist through much of the day before skies clear late this afternoon into the evening hours. Moderate cold air advection will keep temperatures down again today…5 to 10 degrees below normal.

Surface high pressure will move in nearly overhead tonight which will finally break down the wind field. At the same time, clear skies will allow from strong radiational cooling. This combo of calm winds and clear skies will allow temperatures to fall down into the lower to mid-30s Saturday morning. Isolated locations in southwest Mississippi and inland may even touch the freezing mark.

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The return flow will be Saturday afternoon and will cause daytime temps to soar back into the 60s this weekend.

Think warm jacket at sunrise and T-shirt by early afternoon.

The next system to impact the area will be a weak trough of low pressure which will swing across the country. I have added the slight possibility for rain Sunday and even on Christmas Eve. Temps may fall back a few degrees if the cold front associated with the trough makes it to the Gulf of Mexico. A quick change over to return flow by Christmas Day means isolated to scattered showers could develop ahead of the next approaching system Wednesday.

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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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