Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 10, 2013 @ 11:34 am

High Pressure in Control

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 is still the major player in today’s forecast. When high pressure sits east of the state we expect E/SE winds. For most of the state this means birds travel farther and usually bypass their area before dawn. Changes are coming though, be patient, starting tomorrow the panhandle and north FL will see a shift in conditions.
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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

Birds were slacking a bit last night; fewer migrants took to the skies than the night before. Miami and Tampa radar both recorded birds leaving the area as the sun set. If you look at the velocity product for both radars you can see that birds were heading NNW as they departed, but picked up little in the way of arrivals. Key West saw a bit of action over the straits and eventually flying over the middle/lower keys. Again the direction of travel was mostly N/NW, an indication that high pressure is still in place in the western Atlantic. We don’t expect a whole lot of new birds around today, but as always a few of these birds trickle out over the landscape. Coastal locations along the west coast of the state and the panhandles coast should see the best diversity and numbers.

More on the future forecast coming soon, waiting on a forecast update that may chaqnge things a bit.

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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