7/13 – Rob Knight’s “HOT & HUMID” Workweek Forecast


An upper level ridge is still centered over New Mexico/Arizona but with disturbances now on its east and northwest sides. The area sits on the eastern edge of the ridge with a trough on eastern remainder of the US. A weak ripple on the eastern trough has helped to maintain convection through the overnight hours along the Mississippi coast. Stifling heat continues across the region as upper 70 to lower 80 dew-points remain in place while above normal temps persist due to the upper level ridge centered west of the area. Guidance brings high temps back up into the mid/upper 90 high temps, although slightly cooler than yesterday. Those temps with similar dew-points will support 108 to maybe 118 degree heat indices. A heat advisory will be in effect for the area.

Relief from rain is looking a bit better today than previous days as models suggest the strong ridge may be starting to weaken from the upper trough coming in the Pacific Northwest and the current impulse moving through the southeast US. The trend of slight improvements in heat continues Tuesday and Wednesday as the upper ridge to the west weakens.

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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.