1/9 – Rob Knight’s “Above Seasonal” Thursday Morning Forecast

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Expect a warming trend through Friday with no real significant rain chances until Friday evening. A few showers and will be possible this afternoon and Friday ahead the system on Saturday with above normal Temperatures. All attention now goes to the possibility of a fairly potent system poised to bring portions of the south severe weather.

The Storm Prediction Center still maintains an ENHANCED THREAT for severe weather for the area.

Everyone in the forecast area should prepare for a severe weather episode across the region starting late Friday night after midnight through the afternoon on Saturday. All modes of severe weather will be possible on Saturday but the main threat should be straight line winds, heavy downpours and tornadoes…especially in any storms that can develop ahead of the main line of storms. Right now I’m thinking that a squall line will push out in advance of the main system early Saturday morning. The main system should then move through Midday into early afternoon.

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The front will stall over the eastern gulf Sunday and quickly race back to the north as a warm front and stall over or near our area Monday. This setup looks to be conducive for flooding issues over the region early next week. Focus on this system will be much stronger after this first front moves through.

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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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