6/11 – Rob Knight’s “BEAUTIFUL” Friday-Eve Forecast


The latest surface analysis showed a cold front from Lake Huron to northern Georgia to Florida Panhandle to northern Gulf. An area of high-pressure was located over the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Surface dew-point values ranged from the lower 60s across southwest Mississippi to near 70F around the Mississippi Delta. Upper air analysis showed a trough axis from Lake Superior to Tennessee Valley, creating a northwest flow over the Plains and west flow over mid-Mississippi Valley. A broad ridge was located over west Texas creating a light northwest flow over the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Upper level trough will shift east and allow the ridge over Texas to build over the Plains through Friday. As a result, northwest flow will maintain dry weather through Friday. Several disturbances will dive south on the back side of existing trough from Lake Superior to the Tennessee Valley over the weekend. This feature will maintain dry and warm conditions. A dry backdoor cold front will push through the forecast area Sunday afternoon. A slow modification of the air mass will occur over the weekend but Sunday front will lower morning lows on Monday and Tuesday. Upper level trough/low over the Ohio Valley will finally slide east and allow the ridge to expand east through next week Wednesday through next weekend. As a result, temps are expected to warm for the latter portion of this forecast period.

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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.