Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 5, 2012 @ 8:50 am

Big Front = Birds…Get Out & Bird!

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

Now that is some frontal action for you! Weather was the star of the night, amazing thunderstorms packed tight with lightning and winds moved east across the Gulf over the course of the night. The thunderstorms had trouble sticking together as they reached the coast, nonetheless lots of rain came in with this ban of storms. All these storms are supported by the cold front currently over MS/AL. Winds are shifting to a crisp WSW as the front moves through the area. When this front passes over expect a sweet N-NE on the heels of the front.

Now lets get to the birds! A good size push was evident over the FL Straits as the line of thunderstorms invaded the FL Keys. Looking at the KW reflective radar animation you will notice birds shifting flight direction in order to avoid the approaching storms. At first it seemed as they were headed NW but clearly made a right hand turn and headed NE and in the Greater Everglades Area. Farther up the state birds were on the move out of the state. New arrivals should be around as some birds always trickle out. The Tampa area can be great or dead, depends on whether the birds made it to the area before the line of storms moved in. Let us know what Fort D looks like!

Check your local migrant traps and investigate whether birds came down or avoided your spot. If you are in the Miami area inland locations look best for today, especially extreme western Miami-Dade. Reports from the Keys would be much appreciated, birds could have chosen to land instead of braving the conditions.

We are closely monitoring NOAA updates paying close attention to the backside of the front which is rich in convection. The area of thunderstorms over the LA coast will likely develop into something big. As this area of instability moves east we are concerned by the amount of cold air aloft and enhanced convergence along the pre-frontal through. This will create a increasingly unstable environment favorable for Supercells over S> FL tonight. Low and Mid level support is strong around 50kts, this can bring damaging winds and large hail to S. FL late tonight! These supercells are also a key component in the development of tornadoes so please be safe.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Nice! It looked great for a Key West fallout- and Dry Tortugas too. Thanks for keeping the radar going!


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