Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 17, 2015 @ 8:34 am

Moderate Movement SE–>NW

Migrants continue to have great travel weather. What works for the birds doesn’t necessarily work for the birders. The spring weather pattern in Florida usually keeps southeast winds on tap, just what a migrant coming from the West Indies wants. This weather pattern bodes well for long distance travel assisted by tailwinds and clear skies. As migrants continue to take the SE->NW path they will continue to shoot over the SW portions of the state and out over the Gulf of Mexico, nearly cutting their trip north in half. What that means for the birders is simple, go birding and take what you can get while you wait for better birding conditions. So if you are out birding and have not seen many migrants, this is why! Have patience for the weather pattern is changing up.

A look at the Key West radar paints the picture of a classic spring migratory movement. Birds depart from Cuba and points farther south or east and ride the super highway to the Gulf coast. Birds want to get there quick, and southeast winds are getting them there.

There is a silver lining to the cloud…there seems to be a temporary break in the forcefield, upper level winds are forecast to switch overnight. Looks like winds will be shifting out of the SW and eventually out of the west in the coming day. If birds depart from the Yucatan Pennisula and the West Indies tonight, they should be vectored towards the Sunshine State! These winds may only affect the northern half of the state, but could bring in some birds to Fort DeSoto and other west coast migrant traps. Get out birding tomorrow morning and let us know what you find. We would love to get some reports from our “boots on the ground”, simply leave a comment here or comment on Facebook. Shoot us a tweet with the info if you’re into Twitter…tweet tweet! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

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

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