12/18 – Rob Knight’s “VERY COLD” Wednesday Morning Forecast


Not much to discuss in the short-term this go around, as most of the northern Gulf coast transitions to a calm, clear and benign pattern for the next few days. Main story has been the cold and the wind, which guidance suggests winds will back off just slightly today. However it will still remain gusty at times, especially along the MS coast today. By tonight, the dominating area of high pressure to our west will finally drift closer across the southern MS valley region, allowing for the surface winds to relax quite a bit.

Strong radiational cooling processes in place due to clear skies and calm winds will lead to some of the coldest temperatures in the forecast period. Expect a few locations along/north of I-10 to drop below freezing for a few hours (between 4 to 7 hours for the aforementioned areas). Areas of frost (and likely heavy frost) may damage sensitive plants in these locations before we warm up above freezing around 6:00 to 8:00 AM Thursday morning.

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We are anticipating a strong disturbance to cross the California Pacific coast later today, which will continue to drift east across the Rockies. This will bring slight warmer temperatures to the area by Friday with areas of rainfall this weekend.

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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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