4/10 – Rob’s “Potentially SEVERE” Easter Weekend Forecast

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We should see some light rain return late Saturday as our front retreats back to the north as a warm front. Everything points to the potential of a large severe weather outbreak across the Gulf South. The main protagonist is still spinning along the southern CA coast. Through today and tonight it will slowly work east-southeast inland along the US/MX border. At the same time a strong disturbance will drop south in the northern stream towards the Rockies. By Saturday night this disturbance will begin to open up our main low probably south of the 4 corners.

This system will continue to quickly lift into the Great Lakes region by early Monday. At the surface we will see a surface low-pressure slowly deepen as it moves towards the Lower and Mid MS Valley’s and then the Great Lakes Monday morning. This will allow for deep rich gulf moisture to quickly be transported back to the north ahead of our severe weather. Looking at the wind field, as the system approaches the Lower MS Valley the Low-level winds will respond and a LL jet of 50-65kts and intensifying will develop and move across the area. Overall if this plays out like currently expected this system appears to have just about everything working for it. The SPC has outlooked an enhanced and moderate risk for our area.

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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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