11/29 – Rob’s “Black Friday/Weekend” Forecast

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Another quiet weather day is in store for the forecast area today with high-pressure and at the surface. This pattern will shift to the east on Saturday as a deep mid/upper level low pressure system moves out of the western U.S. and into the Central Plains. This will be the next weather maker for the local area. Return flow out ahead of this system will advect a warm and moist airmass back into the central Gulf Coast region on Saturday. As the storm system moves eastward, it will push an associated cold front across the forecast area Saturday night into Sunday morning. T-storms activity is expected to develop near and along the frontal boundary and move from west to east across the area from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday.

There will a potential of a few strong to severe thunderstorms with the greatest threat generally along and to the west of Interstate 55 corridor. The SPC has highlighted a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms across about the northwest half of the forecast area with a Marginal Risk for severe thunderstorms across the remainder of the forecast area…with the main threat being strong winds In the wake of this system, cooler and dry weather will again be observed with northwest flow aloft prevailing into the middle of next week.

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Another chance for rain will be in the offing for the end of next week…Thursday night into Friday…as a disturbance moves across the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast states.

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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.