Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 18, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

Gulf Bound Migration

Looks like another Gulf bound migration for the birds. Winds aloft likely carried birds out over the Gulf of Mexico(GOM), if this is the case, birds have it hard. Storms have been brewing in the GOM and coastal locations along their arrival points, essentially blocking their passage. If migrants did indeed fly last night, they will be looking for a landing spot pronto. Check out these satellite images of the GOM, here you can see stormy weather which is moving W->E along the coast. One image is the visible sat the other is a water vapor sat image.

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This system will continue its move to the east where it becomes a serious threat to birds migrating. If timing works out right, tomorrow may be a really good to go birding. Depends on how long this system takes to clear out. All we can do is wait and see what happens.

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Radar loops from last night into midday today were rather slow. Key West radar showed some migration, birds moving SSE->NNW. Miami radar had some more action, but that action flew right over :/ Velocity radar shows us that birds were moving S->N over this radar location. This should have out migrants out north of Lake O’ by morning which bodes well for inland spots in the Central FL. Hope to hear from readers in that area, post your findings 🙂

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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