5/16 – Rob’s Sunny & Warm Afternoon Forecast

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Afternoon highs again today will be very warm, as temperatures remain right around or slightly above-average for this time of the year. By tomorrow and Saturday, surface high-pressure responsible for sunny and dry weather will steadily press east off the SE US coastline.

This will help increase better low-level moist Gulf return flow, erode the low-level subsidence. While Friday will be primarily dry with the exception of an isolated shower for western areas, it won’t be until Saturday that more widespread showers/storms develop due to peak afternoon heating.

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By Sunday, the next storm system responsible for widespread severe weather across the central US will attempt to work a cold front east through the lower MS Valley region. It is looking more likely that pre-frontal convection will lead well out ahead of a slowing cold front back west, and likely press across the region late Sunday morning through the evening hours. Needless to say, strong storms may very well be possible with gusty straight-line winds the main threat. This front will struggle to push too far east late Sunday and Monday, as the front becomes parallel to the low/mid-level flow. However, the next developing storm system out west will help return the front north as a warm front, drying out the northern Gulf coast early 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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