9/17 – Rob’s “Friday-Eve” Morning Forecast


Other than the departure of Sally from the southeast U.S., the upper pattern doesn’t really change a lot through Saturday night. Weak upper troughing oriented from NW to SW is keeping southwesterly mid-level flow across the area. Water vapor satellite imagery shows a pretty good slug of moisture riding up toward the area. This is likely to produce quite a bit of cloud cover across the area beginning later today and continuing into the weekend. A few showers will affect the area Friday. Thunder will be limited north of an approaching cold front, a little more widespread to the south.

As long as the boundary remains offshore, we’ll be looking at some welcome cooler and less humid weather across the area beginning tomorrow. Likely the coolest spell of weather across the area since early May.

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Upper level high-pressure centered near northern Mexico will shift towards central Texas and eastern Oklahoma. At the surface, high pressure will still be building in from the northeast. This will generally keep the area dry and on the cooler side. However, the local area will protecting us from an area of low pressure that is still stuck in the western GOM. Some of the models move that tropical disturbance north to northeastward into the central to possibly northern Gulf next week, but there is a lot of uncertainty at this point.

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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.