Posted by: woodcreeper | October 9, 2008 @ 5:57 am

Heavy migration over the Panhandle; light elsewhere

A front and associated low pressure passing over North Florida triggered some heavy migration into the Panhandle but stopped short of triggering anything significant further south. Here’s the radar from 7:00pm 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

While not fallout conditions, the movement into the Panhandle region should be evident at local migrant traps early this morning. The trajectory was generally N->S, with some southeasterly movement around the Big Bend region. Further south, though, migration was less than spectacular. Even though there appeared to be a signal over the Melbourne radar, a quick look at the velocity indicated that movement was from S->N, clearly not bird-related. Over Miami there was a mix of noise (S->N movement) and birds (N->S movement), but migration-wise it was very light. The Keys picked up some birds this morning with some seen coming over from the Gulf Coast into the Key West radar. No birds were evident leaving the Keys for Cuba, which means that even a little influx might be evident on the ground today.

Good Birding,


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