3/20 – Rob Knight’s “First Morning Of Spring” Forecast

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A high moisture content corridor continues to move in from the south. With an approaching cold front, this should produce a decent chance of convection and subtle compressional heating between converging boundaries this afternoon. Cold high pressure building out of Canada shunts eastward rather quickly to elongate the boundary over the forecast area tonight, thereby causing the attendant moisture to diverge towards daybreak Saturday. Models show gulf breeze process to augment the frontal zone on Saturday’s daytime heating.

Once again, pronounced area of showers and thunderstorms likely to develop in this scenario for Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon. The long range portion of the forecast period will feature evolution of upper pattern from zonal to ridging over the Gulf of Mexico while troughing takes place over the Pacific coast. Large scale subsidence should suppress rain chances for middle of the week along with a steady warming trend that may see near record high temperatures by Thursday or Friday in interior sections.

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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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