Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 30, 2009 @ 10:27 am

Crazy Winds

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 8:00am 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

Last night started off with some hope which turned to excitement which then turned to disappointment. The night started off with favorable winds for some excellent migration. At 9:00pm the winds were blowing constant with a S to SW trajectory until 11:00pm when West winds blew until 2:00am. The rest of the night it was WNW to NNW wind, then this morning a cool North wind. All radars across FL had little activity, birds seem reluctant to fly last night. Crazy winds mixed with no birds in the sky coupled with no rain meant our chances of a noticeable arrival was gone with the wind.
The small movement that was seen on the radar was mostly in the Miami area where small pulses were picked up coming in from the west. Best bets today seems to be all migrant traps on the east coast Cape FL, Matheson, Sadowski etc… Good Birding everyone, and enjoy the spring migration.

All observations will be greatly appreciated, lets work together to get a better understanding of bird migration here in our own backyard.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Only the same Prohonotary at Matheson that’s been there since Thursday, plus two Prairies and a Palm. There was plenty of rain last night, but it came early. No migrants, just more water to dash our hopes for Spring shorebirds. No White-rumped this year I guess. Rats!

  2. Toe found a possible La Sagra’s Flycatcher and a Mangrove Cuckoo at Matheson this afternoon. The birds were seen around the lake on the east side of the park. Go just passed the stone pavilion.


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