10/26 – Rob Knight’s Midday News “Zeta Update”


As the forecast will be shaped by ZETA through the next few days…

The rapid speed of Zeta will bring several things that would normally be bad with a slow moving system to the forefront.

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  • One is rainfall, rainfall totals should be lower than that of a system that would linger around the area.
  • Winds will be strong but at least in short duration.
  • Any areas on the east side will still have the overall threat of severe so not everyone will evade bad weather.
  • And finally surge will still be an issue but surge depths are not typically as high with fast moving smaller systems.

An approaching cold front will be the kicker to get Zeta through the area Wednesday and Wednesday night. This would put the most significant impacts across mainly the east half of the area during the daytime hours Wednesday into Wednesday evening. I expect watches to be issued later this morning. Behind Zeta on Thursday, a minor disturbance will move through the Ohio River Valley, bringing cooler and drier air into the area with surface high pressure settling in over the weekend.

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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.