Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 14, 2011 @ 10:07 am

Low Pressure Moves In

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 9:30am 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

Happy International Migratory Bird Day! As a low pressure system moves into the state we await some much-needed precipitation. For the most part the state has been dry for months and has us worried about fires across much of our natural areas. The Big Cypress has burned for days now which is necessary for the rebirth of the understory but when it is this dry the chances for an uncontrollable fire grow exponentially.

Birds were on the move last night starting with a departure from the upper keys to Jacksonville. A look at the SE regional composite radar shows a stream of migrants headed up through the middle of the state as well as the east cost.
Not much in the way of arrivals but Key West radar and Miami radar did pick up some incoming pulses. With no real reason for birds to stop we expect most of the birds around will be lingering migrants from the influx of migrants we saw this week. Reports of birds sticking around like Connecticut Warblers from both AD Barnes and Cape FL will keep birders happy down here. Elsewhere in the state reports of migrants have been slim, scattered reports of birds have surfaced but are definitely becoming scarce. A fall-out of sorts was observed in the NW panhandle yesterday afternoon as the low pressure system moved in as birds were moving through the landscape.

Today we expect migrants to be most reliably found at spring migrant traps. Birds are looking for better feeding habitat and are moving throughout the day. Keep your eyes and ears open as you never know what will pop up in FL. Have a great day and enjoy the International Migratory Bird Day check out their website and explore the wealth of information posted on this site. Good birding to all.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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