Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 13, 2013 @ 9:48 am

A Stalled Front

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 cold front has settled in across Central FL, lots of moisture and instability over this region may spark off some thunderstorms throughout the day.
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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

Migration was a bit slow last night and restricted to the south and north of the stalled front. A small flight was picked up by radar late into the night as they crossed the straits. Some of the birds may have dropped out over the Keys and extreme South FL due to rain in the area. We expected a bigger flight to take shape last night but that didn’t materialize. Without many birds moving north, migrant traps north of South Florida may not have much in the way of new arrivals. Migration was apparent to the north of the stalled front. Birds were moving out of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas should see some new birds today. We will be watching this front and hope for better conditions over the West Indies so that birds take off. Another cold front is forecast to make it into the state late next week. Have a great Saturday everyone!

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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