Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 2, 2013 @ 10:00 am

Slow Night Of Migration

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. High pressure sets up and quiet weather is expected, little migrant movement is also expected until high pressure gives way to an incoming frontal system.
04_02_13USMAP

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

Little migrant movement was recorded on radar last night. High pressure has taken hold of the forecast area once again and shut down migration. We await the end of the week, a mixture of weather patterns are in the forecast and could mean some early season fallout conditions. If this will all pan out depends on the timing of two fronts; a warm front that is currently building in the gulf and a cold front that will affect the state by Thursday-Friday. Winds will be shifting soon and we expect migrants to be back on the move. Development of showers and the possibility of thunderstorms can elevate the chances of fallout at migrant traps in the forecast area. We will keep an eye on developing weather and hope that migrants fly from their take off points. Stay tuned!

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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