5/22 – Rob’s “Hot & Humid” Memorial Day Weekend Forecast

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Another warm day in store today as the heat index will also play a factor. This is the typical summer pattern and we seem to have stumbled rapidly into it. Other features that will help things get going will be the early afternoon sea-breeze and at night a few nocturnal showers/-t-storms could also pop up but these should mainly be over the weekend.

These conditions should be daily through the weekend. There is a chance of one or two of these storms becoming strong with downbursts on the order of 40-50 mph winds in areas closest to the thunderstorm. By next week a deep plume of tropical moisture will set up from near Cuba into the eastern gulf into the northeastern to central gulf coast. This will give rise to two different times of showers/-t-storms. One round during the morning as overnight activity drift ashore, the second round during the afternoon.

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Any given thunderstorm will have the potential for heavy rainfall that can cause street flooding and flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas.

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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.