7/7 – Rob Knight’s “Threat For Heavy Rain” Morning Forecast

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The upper level pattern today remains very similar to that of the last several days with the area sitting in a region of weakness between 2 high-pressure systems with ample moisture in place. Moisture content of the atmosphere is considerably higher than the climatological 90th Percentile, as we continue to flirt with the daily records. But this is only one factor to heavy rainfall events. You need that deep layer of high moisture content, instability, and a wind field lined up for training or slow moving. We have all of those meaning the potential is there for heavy rainfall. Thus, we’ll continue the Flash Flood Watch for today. In terms of what to expect, honestly feel like a near repeat of the last couple days.

The pattern will finally start to gradually change Wednesday onward. The ridge centered near the 4 Corners region of the country will begin to deepen and expand eastward. This will increase subsidence and bring in drier air into the column. Rain chances will slowly decrease as this transition takes place with precip chances possibly as low as 20 to 30 percent on Friday. In addition, lower precip chances combined with increasing pressure means high temps will likely begin to soar into the mid-90s this weekend…with potentially a HEAT ADVISORY issued.

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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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