Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 3, 2013 @ 7:45 am

Here Comes the Rain

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. A deep low that has been dropping lots of rain and hail over Texas is shifting eastward and will affect the panhandle this morning. Be safe!

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

Whoa look at that large area of developing storms moving eastward over the northern gulf. At the surface a developing area of low pressure is meeting up with an upper level trough causing widespread thunderstorms and even some hailstorms. As this area of disturbed weather moves east into the western panhandle we expect a total shutdown of nocturnal migration. Winds were optimal over Merida, Mexico which could mean that birds took of last night, if so we can expect migrants to be avoiding the weather and heading NE. Tran-gulf migrants have to make landfall at some point and if they indeed did take off, we expect them to reach the mainland late morning/early afternoon. We wait to hear from our friends Bob and Lucy Duncan today with an idea of what is going on in the western panhandle. If fallout occurs we will find out about it.

Father down the state birders should keep an eye out for migrants that are avoiding the nasty weather over the gulf and could be pushed over to the gulf coast side of the state. Developing low pressure will influence winds over the next few days; winds can be expected to speed up past normal levels and can become damaging to property. A jet of warm air is coming in from the south, this warm air will meet up with a cold front and high wind speeds in the upper levels. Where these two weather features meet, expect large circulating storms which will cause thunderstorms and possibly hail. An elevated chance of tornadic conditions are expected today and especially tomorrow. Be safe fellow birders; check out your local migrant traps today and especially tomorrow as fallout conditions prevail. We will keep you all updated as conditions develop. Please shoot us an email or leave us a message at our Facebook page, you can also leave a comment right here on the site by clicking on the leave a comment link below.

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



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