Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 29, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Frontal & Tropical Action Over Florida

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:30am 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

We sped up the animation for the SE mosaic radar to highlight migration behind the front. As the frontal boundary slid into N. Florida you can see the “invisible” front on its heels. The front is visible with the help of birds as they take off with the change in winds. As the front passes over you will see the tell-tale sign of birds departing and flying into the radars beam creating a line on radar which shows us the front as it moves SE.

Birds were on the move behind the front last night as we just pointed out. Migration was heavier to the W and NW of Florida but we had some action of our own. Jacksonville radar seems to have picked up more birds than the other N. FL radars, look out for newbies around the NE corner of the state. Birds were also entering the state through central areas of the GA/FL border. Gainesville could look pretty today 🙂 Tallahassee radar shows some birds leaving the area and heading into inland central FL. Stormy weather over the Appalachians seems to have put a damper on migration in the region which could be holding up the last of the neotropical migrants. As winds shift behind the front we expect more winter visitors to head down and call FL their winter home as others head south to the Caribbean and S. America. Have fun and keep reports from around the state coming.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Hey!!! We’ve been busy down at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch. We still have 15 days of watch to go, but certain species seem to have screeched to a halt. If we keep up this pace, we wonder if we will be counting much in a week. Peregrines continue moving through at about 9 per day; Harriers and small amount of Ospreys are also still moving. It does not seem like we will be getting any more significant numbers of A. Kestrels, which puts us down as a low year for that species. After the Sharpie “fallout” – the species pretty much stopped moving through. And our large kettles of Buteos are no longer around.

    Passerines were numerous on 10/31. We finally got the first Myrtle Warblers of the season. Aside from Palm Warblers, Cape Mays were the most numerous, with Blackpolls and Black-throated Blues also around. A new wave of N. Parulas came along with these, and noted more Prairies also.

    More passerines seemed to be around yesterday afternoon, after the same band of storms seemed to hit us twice, first slowly being pushed northward by south winds. We had a moment of sunshine and nice weather, only to see the winds shift around, this time out of the NE, followed by rain being pushed southward.

    Thank you guys for all the updates and the work you do. If I had a penny for all the times I checked Badbirdz this season…


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