Riders on the storm

Man do I LOVE that Doors song…in fact I even caught myself singing it as I watched the radar this morning…check out the radar and see for yourself:

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and every hour for the regional composite. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Fort DixBase Velocity image from Fort DixBase Reflectivity image from Dover AFBBase Velocity image from Dover AFBComposite Base Reflectivity image from the Northeastern USA

The front (yes, THE FRONT, as in the front that has taken forever to make its way over to the east coast) is still hanging over our area this morning, but because of the strong northerly winds behind it, birds all across the northeast took to the wing last night.
The radar for New Jersey indicates heavy migration into the northern half of the state last night, with a second push of birds coming in from the northeast (from over Long Island). This would suggest Sandy Hook as a good morning location, although the flight may push over the Hook due to the NE winds. I think with all the rain, though, we could see a good early morning flight out there. Scott?, Stuart, Wendy? You awake yet??
As for the rest of the state, again, with the mix of rain and birds anywhere that experienced heavy precipitation early this morning should be checked for mini-fallout conditions. The radar for south Jersey showed less movement over the area, although it doesn’t take much for a fallout when you’ve got periods of heavy rain to put the birds down. With the northeast winds dominating this morning, I would expect inland and bay shore sites to be the best today.

Nothing like a little rain and birds to get us all ready for Autumn Weekend in Cape May!

Good Birding!

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