4/17 – Rob’s “Warm & Humid” Friday Morning Forecast

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Weak high pressure over the SE will continue to suppress the atmosphere and as a result, rain chances will remain low today. Winds will shift from easterly today to southerly this morning. These southerly winds will allow for moisture and warm air advection into the area from the Gulf of Mexico. The weak high pressure is expected to move eastward by Saturday. Saturday and Sunday, winds will remain southerly, fueling the influx of moisture and warm air into the region. In addition, weak upper level divergence will help to enhance buoyancy in the environment these days.

As a result, the chance for showers and thunderstorms is expected to increase Saturday mainly during the daytime and early evening hours. Sunday into Monday, a low pressure system is expected to move through our area, increasing the chances for thunderstorms and showers. This low pressure system will allow for some additional forcing, which when combined with the instability and lifting in the environment ahead of the system is expected to allow for the potential for severe storms in our area. In general, the main threats will be gusty winds, frequent lightning, and potentially hail. Spatially, the chance of severe weather seems more favorable along and north of I-10/I-12. The intensity of this system, along with any chance for tornado development, will be very dependent upon how it develops over the next day or two.

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After this system moves through our area, weak high pressure is expected to set up in the Gulf of Mexico, which would reduce rain chances for the beginning of next week. Looking at the models for the middle of next week, there is expected to be another low pressure system moving through our area that could bring some higher chances of rainfall again.

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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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