08/07 Ryan’s “Fantastic” Friday Evening Forecast

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What a fantastic week we had as sunshine and drier air dominated, but we’ll see less of both soon. Neither change will be very abrupt, so only expect gradual increases through the weekend. Tonight is a good example of that, as it will be a degree or so warmer as the humidity increases. Expect a low near 74 degrees with mostly clear skies and light westerly winds.

Tomorrow carries the first afternoon rain chance we’ve needed in a while, and even then it’s only a “slight” 20% chance.

Expect another afternoon with a high near 94 and mostly sunny skies. Any shower activity will be light-to-moderate and short-lived. Rain chances increase slightly into the start of the week, but again, only up to our seasonal average of 30%. A shortwave low pressure feature moves through by Wednesday of next week, so expect rain chances to maximize at 50% then. We won’t see much measurable rain, but all the rain-cooled air will cool highs back into the upper 80s by Friday.

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Born in Tennessee, raised in Arkansas, and now a resident of Mississippi, Ryan Mahan is proud to be a Southerner and to belong to this community. A former student of Millsaps and a graduate of the University of South Alabama, he now has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a focus in Broadcast. Ryan’s passion for weather began in 2005 after witnessing the destruction that Hurricane Katrina had on his family and home. With nothing but a point-and-shoot digital camera in hand, he walked miles up and down the Coast to document the tragedy and its effects on the area and people around him. Using social media, he posted the photos and the stories behind them. The reaction from his peers inspired him to pursue a career doing what had up until then been a hobby. He loves working for WXXV because he feels it is the best opportunity he has to connect with the locals to whom he delivers the weather. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with those curious to learn more, particularly young students who express an interest in science and weather. One way he shares his enthusiasm is by getting involved in the scholastic educational process; he has judged several science fairs, talent shows, and pageants at local coast schools. He can also be found visiting several elementary school classes, hopefully turning your children future meteorologists. Ryan is a self-proclaimed geeky nerd. He loves all things sci-fi, and can usually be found watching his favorite cartoons on Adult Swim or playing any one of his array of video game consoles. He says he’s lucky that his high-school teacher wife puts up with him. They have a small bevy of furry children, but he really enjoys spending time with his two nieces, Claire and Elly, the latter of whom has made a few appearances on the network alongside him delivering the weather. You can follow Ryan on the following social media platforms: Facebook: @wxxvmahan Twitter: @wxxvryan

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