5/3 – Rob Knight’s Fri-Yay Morning Forest

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The main forecast concerns remain centered on T-Storms and the threat of severe weather on Saturday and the chances for convection again next week.

High-pressure aloft over the extreme southeast U.S. will continue to weaken today while low level southerly flow maintains a warm and humid air mass across the region to end the work week. A dry forecast is in the offing for today with changes into the weekend.

The weather will become more active on Saturday as a potent disturbance moves out of northern Mexico and into Texas later today and tonight and then traverses the lower Mississippi Valley during the day Saturday. The approach and passage of this feature is expected to result in widespread T-Storms moving from west to east across the forecast area during the day Saturday. The highest rain chances and greatest threat of SEVERE WEATHER will be west of Interstate 55 during the morning hours and from late morning through the afternoon hours east of Interstate 55. The potential exists for some strong thunderstorm with a few possibly severe. Strong winds appear to be the greatest threat from any severe thunderstorms at this time. SPC has place nearly the entire forecast area within a Slight Risk area for Saturday.

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As the system moves off to the east of the region Saturday night, a weak cold front will sag south into the area late Saturday night and into Sunday. This boundary will likely settle near the coast before becoming stationary. The best moisture will have pushed off to the east by this time, so convection will be waning Saturday night and be mainly confined to coastal areas and the adjacent coastal waters on Sunday. Sunday will mainly be a dry day.

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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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