8/7 – Rob Knight’s “Humidity Returns” Friday Morning Forecast

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The persistent low-pressure anchored across the southeastern states is beginning to flatten out/deamplify as strong high-pressure builds over the southern Plains. The area however still remain in a largely northerly flow aloft…which will help prevent widespread convection today. The same very weak surface high stuck around the northern Gulf will steadily parade east across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and across the Florida Peninsula, helping build a southerly return flow from the Gulf beginning today. What will likely occur later this afternoon…will be a strong seabreeze boundary racing northward from the coast as a warm front. Higher surface dew-points will surge north basically covering the entire area by around sunset tonight. For areas that encounter this airmass change of higher dew-points at the time of peak afternoon heating.

Going into this weekend, this airmass change of higher dew-point air at the surface will drag forecast convective temperatures down during peak afternoon mixing on Saturday, leading to much better chances of isolated to scattered showers/storms. Generally speaking, we return to a normal summertime pattern beginning the day on Saturday, along with afternoon highs ranging in the mid-90s. With the increase of surface moisture and slight nudge up in afternoon highs, peak afternoon heat indices will range in the 100-105 degree range, so we are not anticipating any excessive heat issues at this time.

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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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