12/16 – Rob’s Monday Morning “POTENTIAL SEVERE THREAT” Forecast

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The main concerns for this forecast package fall squarely on the day one portion, namely with the threat of severe thunderstorms along and ahead of a cold front that arrives on the western area this afternoon around max daytime heating.  The timing of the main activity still appears to favor between 2 pm and 5 pm for SW Mississippi and the adjacent Louisiana Parishes. 6 – 11 PM for southern Mississippi. The main threat with this system should include strong winds, small hail and isolated tornadic activity. The front should be east of the forecast area by daybreak Tuesday with cold high-pressure building into the region. Rain should continue Tuesday morning as wrap around moisture will keep cloud coverage in the area as well.

Wednesday and Thursday should be seasonably cold with morning lows in light freeze range for the interior and drainage prone areas, and mid to upper 30s for marine influenced locations. Daytime highs only muster the 50s both days but under mostly sunny skies and diminishing winds.

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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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