Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 17, 2012 @ 6:29 am

Everyone Get Out, A Front Is A Comin’

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 6:00am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

A cold front is moving across the US at a slow rate pushing a high pressure sytem farther east resulting in a southeasterly wind flow across much of the state. The cold front extends south into the Gulf and may cause some localized concentrations of mirants along the face of the storms in the coming days. As the front progresses east southerly winds will give migrants a big push before shifting out of the west as the front approaches the state. Keep an eye on the radar during the next 48 hours to see what developments have taken place. If rain penetrates the Gulf after birds are on their way, we may see migrants hitting the panhandles coast if they are met with rain and wind gusts along the flight. We will be tracking this front as well as looking for signs of a Trans-Gulf flight, we will keep you all updated.

For today the best birding spots should be true-and-tried migrant traps. The SE wind flow should have given migrants a tailwind allowing them to fly right on past us. As always some birds always trickle during the night, arrivals in small quantities are harder to detect but are out there.

As always, Badbirdz depends on YOU to report your sightings and be our ‘eyes on the ground’, so please come back and give us an idea of what you are seeing in your neck of the woods. This will help us better understand the radar images and in return we can pass this knowledge onto you :)

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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