Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 1, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

April Fool’s Radar Love

National Overview
Below is a snapshot of the national map with radar and weather fronts. Use this map to get an overall feel of migration and how weather affects nocturnal migration. Low pressure slides across the Gulf and moves into the state today. High level clouds will come in along with this weakening front as it stalls. A small chance of showers is around, but we don’t foresee any large quantities of precipitation across the state.

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Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Velocity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL

Sorry for the late post, we had a pet emergency and we have not been able to post until now. Southeast winds over much of the state continues to push migrants overhead. With little precipitation in the forecast we don’t expect any large numbers of migrants at migrant traps. Many birds were moving overnight and were recorded best on the Key West and Miami radars. Miami radar showed some birds arriving late, some of these birds surely trickled out and landed for the day. With little precipitation or headwinds we only expect birds to have landed at tried and true migrant traps. Winds are expected to shift as a cold front progresses, this coupled with a large wildfire over Collier County, birds may have landed at available habitats along I-75 and coastal Collier County. Monroe and Dade County may also see some of this action due to the limited visibility, westernmost migrant traps would be your best bet today. High pressure is building behind this front and will bring in quite weather over S. Florida for the next few days, but as the weekend comes around all that could change. We will keep you all updated!

As always Badbirdz depends on its readers to help us understand the magic of bird migration. We ask our readers to take a minute to email us at badbirdz-reloaded@hotmail.com, post a comment on the site or share what you are seeing on our Facebook page. As a whole the Florida birding community is large and enthusiastic about bird migration, lets join together this year to make Badbirdz an integral part of every birders toolbox. Together we can track and monitor birds and learn more about this phenomenon called MIGRATION!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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