9/21 – Rob Knight’s Final Day of Summer Forecast


The workweek forecast will be dictated by the track of Tropical Storm Beta, which has become somewhat better organized overnight. Extensive cloud cover at multiple levels will continue to affect temperatures, maintaining cooler continental influences for the next couple of days. Rainfall forecast is tricky in that the characteristics of the bands from Beta has been providing heavy rain just off the coast and extending well south. These banding features will likely spread inland along the coast, but uncertain as to how far the bands will advance. Generally thinking 1-3 inches will be possible with locally higher amounts over the next 2-3 days, which should not be too much of an issue initially, but as soils saturate and flash flood guidance values lower, some flooding may begin to take place.

Impacts from Beta should be in the dissipation stages by mid to late week, as strong high pressure will become situated over the spline of the Appalachians which typically means enhanced drainage aspects in the overnight hours. One fly in the ointment may be what is currently a respectable circulation moving west off the lower Florida coast is shown by the models to trail in the wake of Beta into the central gulf. While models do not currently develop anything with this feature, it may become a factor in maintaining rain chances and cloud cover in the mid to latter part of the week. Global models to show a decent autumn cold front moving into the gulf states next weekend, which will be more than a welcomed sight for the region.

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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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