Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 14, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

Moderate Movement Last Night

Hi all,

Southeast winds are killing us 🙂 The weather is great for migrants, but not so great for the birders. That’s OK though, we should want the birds to make it up to their territories sooner than later. Migrants were aloft overnight, many birds were flying in a NW direction, this puts birds heading out over the Gulf and away from Florida’s west coast. If a cold front were to be pushing its way south into the Gulf of Mexico, then we would have a chance at these migrants putting down in the state. For now we wait for better birding conditions, right now southeasterly winds dominate the forecast, a wind forecast that does not bode well for the birder.

Radar loops below are for Miami and Key West. You’ll find two radar products for each radar site. A reflectivity product and a velocity radar product. Reflective radar picks up objects in the atmosphere and displays it for us. The velocity product provides us with valuable data that makes this product very useful to the radar-birder. A study of the velocity radar will provide trajectory and velocity. You can learn more about this radar product in our Radar FAQ page.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

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

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel

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