Posted by: woodcreeper | May 19, 2008 @ 6:42 am

Little in the way of arrivals

Unfortunately I think we’re nearing the end of any major nocturnal flights over Florida. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through sunrise this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and every hour for the regional composite. 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

On southwest winds, I would have expected to see much more migration if indeed there were still migrant-ready birds coming up from the Caribbean and Yucatan. While some birds were still apparent on last night’s radar, it was only a trickle out of Cuba and probably not evident on the ground this morning. The regional composite does show some heavy migration though, but only for the panhandle, and only for birds leaving Florida. Summer is here, and so are the birds. Of course, I’ll keep an eye on the radar and post anything interesting as it happens.

Good Birding,


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  1. Do you see differences in radar migration patterns prior to and after hurricanes?


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