07/30 – Rob Knight’s Thursday Morning Forecast

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Weak upper level high-pressure draped across the Gulf of Mexico to the far western Atlantic Ocean will finally expand far enough north to bring rain chances down considerably across the area. While previously thought we’d be rain free, it’s not looking like we’ll get that lucky. While moisture flow has reduced significantly, models show a pool of moisture passing across the northern half of the area during peak heating hours. That combo will be aide in convection development, mainly north or I-10. Expect a 20-30% precipitation chances this afternoon. A weakens in the pattern to the north of the area today will begin to sharpen and track southward across the mid-west Friday. Subsidence ahead of this system as well as from high-pressure over the GOM should finally give us a rain free day (or close to it).

Upper troughing from the southern Great Lakes to east Texas will push a weak front into, but not through the area Saturday. After all, it is (or at least will be) August. Fairly low moisture levels will recover during the day on Saturday. This should be sufficient to allow for the development of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. For Sunday and beyond, more likely, we’ll see coverage in the 30 to 50 percent range each day, primarily in the afternoon hours. With some mid-level dry air noted in the soundings over the weekend, can’t rule out a few issues with wind with the stronger storms Saturday and Sunday.

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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.