9/23 – Rob Knight’s “Potential SEVERE” Extended Forecast


Strong tropical moisture which continues to move into the area will continue through Friday. Additionally, tides continue to be impactful on the coastal areas with the persistence of E/SE winds. The area will be on the east/south side of the track of Beta’s remnants. This will put the area under a MARGINAL THREAT for SEVERITY Thursday…with a few rotating cells with isolated tornadoes possible.

By Friday, the remnants of Beta should be somewhere around Huntsville, Alabama and pulling away from the area. Models show significant drying moving into the area, with noticeably lower dew points. However, an upper-level weakness is expected to remain over the area through the weekend. Models show very little in the way of precipitation this weekend but beyond, differences creep into the forecast regarding moisture availability ahead of what looks to be a fairly strong late September cold front that arrives somewhere around Tuesday.

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After next week’s frontal passage, I wouldn’t rule out some northern sections of the area dipping into the 50s for overnight lows as we get into the middle and end of next week.

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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.