Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 22, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

Major Front To The West; Birds To The East

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 12:00pm today.

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

In the last 24 hours the sluggish front has pushed east but at a real slow rate, parts of Louisiana received as much as 10-15 inches of rain! This system will continue to move E-NE over the next few days with scattered showers and thunderstorms rather than the organized storms that drenched the area. Deep moisture in the gulf could feed the front and continue to support the development of showers and thunderstorms as the front moves east.

In FL ahead of the front, we have been squeezed between high pressure off the Carolina coast, and the weakening front to our west. These two features continue to supply our region with a deep southeasterly wind flow which drives up our chances of scattered showers along the east coast. The southeasterly wind flow over the course of the night encouraged some migrants to take the voyage north.

Looking at Key West radar it is evident that birds took to the skies over the FL Straits last night. A decent push of migrants took a flight in the NW direction but seem to veer a bit as they flew over the Keys. A developing line of showers may be the reason birds took a turn to the NE over the middle keys. Miami radar did not show much in terms of incoming bird but rather saw an exodus of birds early evening.

Wind flow over the state favored the appropriately named Nature Coast, birds rode the winds to the NW portions of the state. We are wondering what was on the move, shorebirds, warblers, blackbirds, waders; what?! Birders in Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Levy, Citrus and even into the eastern panhandle. What are you seeing today?

We await changes in the future that will induce a massive movement of migrants, any day now, they will fly! Keep us updated on what you are seeing in your neck of the woods. We love to hear from our readers which is the reason we continue to post on Badbirdz. If you are on Facebook check out our FB page if you haven’t yet Badbirdz2 share it with all of your frinds! As always we appreciate all of your feedback and will continue to provide the FL birding community with a place to view and understand what the Doppler radar can pick up at night while birds are aloft 🙂

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. The catbirds have all exited our West Miramar neighborhood during the past week. Also Yellow-rumped Warblers have decreased and were also down to zero this morning. Only saw or heard three or four Palm Warblers. However, no other warblers except for a couple of scolding yellowthroats..

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