Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 20, 2011 @ 10:24 am

Quickly; Head North!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:00am 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

High pressure has settled over Bermuda once again which triggered an influx out of the eastern Caribbean into the southern peninsula overnight. Farther south over Cuba a southeasterly winds also triggered a flight out over the Straits which eventually headed NW into the mainland. The same high pressure system will keep us dry down here in Miami as well as warm us up a bit. These SE winds are bringing warm hot humid air from the Caribbean to us; yay!

Miami radar picked up birds as they entered the radar from the east as well as from the south. This is in part due to the shift of winds from both the eastern and southern Caribbean. With a wind shift from the E–ESE we expect most migrants to fly farther inland and leave the coast dry. Migrant hotspots such as AD Barnes, Kendall Indian Hammock, Castellow Hammock and ENP etc…will be your best chance to catch up with these late season migrants if they decided to stop which could not be the case. Not much is to be expected especially with the lack of precipitation to concentrate migrants. At most we expect some reports of small number of migrants from around Miami.

Father up the state both Melbourne and Jacksonville radars again had some decent migration overhead but again they look to be flying way over and passed these radar stations. On the west coast some new arrivals may be in store but nothing big. We have had a surge of White-rumped Sandpipers around the state and the easterly winds may have brought some to your neck of the woods. Some of the pulses picked up were moving at speeds comparable with shorebird migration which leads us to think that lagoons and beaches along the west coast will see some new peeps today.

Again we ask our readers to help us with ground truthing the radar and would be ecstatic to see more collaboration between us and you the boots on the ground sort to say. It is rather easy to post your sightings on the site. If you are interested in sharing your sightings and thoughts you can click on the title of this post, Quickly; Head North which will take to you to the dedicated page for this post. Here you will be able to scroll down to the section that reads Leave a reply, fill out the boxes with the * and the rest is up to you. Type in your sightings and observations of weather etc… in the body and ta-da your comment will be posted.

Have a great May Day all and enjoy the tail end of the spring migration. Keep your eyes and ears peeled as you never know what will show up in our beautiful state of Florida!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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