Posted by: woodcreeper | August 18, 2008 @ 5:54 am

Little migration in the face of Fay

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Well, I hope you’ve secured your homes, closed the shutters, tied down or stowed any loose items in the yard, and gassed up your car, because it looks like the next couple of days will be wet and windy… so you’ll probably want to have all that done ahead of time in order to free yourself for some sea watching. Not a whole lot moving last night, but what little did move was probably the last nocturnal migration we’ll see over Florida until Wednesday night. Here’s the radar from 6:00pm last night through 5:00am 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 stalled along the north Florida border allowed for heavy migration in the southeastern states, and to a lesser degree, north Florida. Moving south, though, migration seemed to fizzle out with only a small number of birds apparent on the Miami radar, moving NE->SW. The Key West radar showed no birds heading out into the Florida Straits, which is a no-brainer given the tropical storm evident on the radar early this morning. The good news? Once this TS clears the region on Tuesday night, west winds will build in for a couple of days and increase the likelihood of migrants on the east coast… until then, stay safe and dry!

Good Birding,

David

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