5/8 – Rob Knight’s Wednesday Afternoon Forecast


Moisture will continually funnel in from the GOM as a frontal zone is currently developing and maturing over the central Plains States. A frontal zone will steadily move southeast and elongate over the forecast area to eventually stall by Friday.

The scenario places a forcing mechanism in a moisture rich environment for a potential of flooding rains heading into the weekend.

Uncertainties lie in days ahead as to where frontal boundary positions resonate over the weekend, but short-term rains will prime soil moisture content that should lower flash flooding. Rainfall can become quite efficient and may outperform model guidance Saturday and Sunday.

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A quasi-stationary front and a prolonged wet period will continue through the weekend into next week.

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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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