7/4 – Rob’s Independence Day “Afternoon” Forecast

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Happy Independence Day!!!

There will still be a slight chance of showers/t-storms and one may develop during the evening hours but overall, most areas should stay dry. Without the shade and cooling rains, temps will climb well into the 90s and heat index values will also rise.

At the moment, heat index values run around 103 today for many locations but could be as high as 107 for Jackson County. This is very uncomfortable and can still be dangerous if precautions are not taken. Heat advisory conditions look to be possible Friday and also Saturday. Heat index temps of should range between 106 and 109 Friday.

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Looking into the new week…the infamous ring of fire revisits the area as the upper and mid-level high over the gulf backs off to the west and weak upper troughing develops over the southeast. This will bring some relief from the heat but it will also bring the threat of hazardous weather as normally transitioning from a dry environment to a deeper moist one allows thunderstorms to entrain this dry air aloft.

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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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