News: Cyclones

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Sep 22, 2020

Hurricane Teddy is arriving soon in Atlantic Canada. A significant diversity of tropical seabirds may arrive with it in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and possibly even Greenland.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth and Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Sep 15, 2020

The active week for tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean Basin continues, with Hurricane Sally making landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coast. A suite of species like Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Magnificent Frigatebird, and Brown Noddy is possible at the immediate coast and well inland. Watch live tracking of bird observations after Sally's landfall.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Sep 02, 2020

Nana is approaching the coast of Central America, bringing with it the potential for tropical seabirds and downed overland migrants.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 25, 2020

Laura is or will soon intensify to a Major Hurricane with unsurvivable storm surge and extremely dangerous conditions. Current forecasts predict landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border. Avian impacts from Laura's landfall north to Arkansas and east through western Tennessee are likely on Thursday and Friday.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 24, 2020

This week the Gulf Coast of the US will experience landfall of two tropical systems, Laura and Marco. This dangerous twin bill will come with flooding, storm surge, heavy rains, and wind in many areas of the western Gulf of Mexico and lower Mississippi River valley. BirdCast is tracking the arrival of the two storms, and you can monitor with us on two maps tracking bird observations as they occur with landfall.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 21, 2020

Team BirdCast like many other groups is watching the progress of three tropical systems that may make landfall in the US next week. Stay tuned for updates in the coming days!  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 16, 2020

Sooty Tern is often the┬ábird of tropical weather systems once ashore (or very close to shore).┬áNumerous records of far-flung individuals pepper the archives of such weather systems, and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias was no exception.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 01, 2020

Hurricane Isaias is forecast to make landfall in the US on the Carolina coast after grazing the Florida Peninsula and passing directly over the Bahamas and nearby islands. This storm will likely produce hazardous conditions where it passes, including damaging winds, dangerous storm surges, and torrential rains with flooding, and it will bring seabirds and other entrained and displaced species ashore far afield from their typical locations. Check out our live sightings map at the end of the post; and follow updates as we make them.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jul 23, 2020

A tropical system is building in the Gulf of Mexico, forecast to intensify in the coming days and then move ashore in central or southern Texas. Whether this system intensifies to hurricane strength or continues as a tropical storm or depression, it is likely to bring an array of seabirds ashore in southern and central Texas and possibly northern Mexico.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jul 10, 2020

Tropical Storm Fay is a fast moving system that is forecast to travel a similar path to Hurricane Irene at a similar time as Tropical Storm Bertha. What will this system hold for those that can observe safely in the DelMarVa, coastal New Jersey and Long Island, Hudson River Valley, Lake Champlain, and St. Lawrence RIver Valley areas?  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jun 05, 2020

Here comes Tropical Storm Cristobal, forecast to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Sunday evening. With safety the top priority, we briefly highlight a few possible tropical and pelagic species that might appear far inland in the wake of the storm's passage.  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Sep 05, 2019

Hurricanes and their impacts, in particular in depositing seabirds far afield from their normal haunts, represent unique opportunities to understand how animals behave in and respond to serious disturbances. Check out live sightings of species that may by associated with the passage of Dorian this week.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Sep 05, 2019

BirdCast tracks with great interest the movements of hurricanes and the pelagic species that they often entrain and displace on shore and at times far inland. The team is also interested in bird migration around hurricanes, and with the arrival and passage of Hurricane Dorian off the coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, we can see how some birds handle the circulation of an intense cyclonic storm.   Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Oct 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael strengthened rapidly into a major hurricane on Tuesday, and as with previous storms on which BirdCast reported, it may have dramatic impacts on local and transient bird communities and their habitats when it comes ashore and passes through the Southeastern US. Live sightings will appear on the current observations map as they are entered into eBird, but as always, for those in the path of this storm, safety first!  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Oct 01, 2018

Real-time sightings from your eBird checklists will appear in this post's map, providing a unique opportunity to help us understand how these storms transport birds and how birds respond to extreme disturbances in their annual cycles.  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Sep 13, 2018

Hurricanes and their impacts, in particular in depositing seabirds far afield from their normal haunts, represent unique opportunities to understand how animals behave in and respond to serious disturbances. Hurricane Florence is no exception.  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Oct 08, 2017

Hurricane Nate came ashore in Mississippi late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Although this storm did not pack the strong winds or very heavy rains of recent hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean, all such storms are dangerous and require the utmost respect in terms of putting safety first (particularly with respect […]  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Sep 08, 2017

Hurricane Irma will transport numerous species of birds far from their normal haunts. This is a dangerous storm that has already devastated many areas of the Caribbean, and it is forecast to make landfall in the US this weekend. Our hearts go out to those affected by this storm and the recent Harvey, and we hope that all those still in the path of this storm heed all warnings from the National Hurricane Center. Significant storms like this often trap (or 'entrain') birds in their circulation, depositing them far from where they originated. We still do not fully understand many of the mechanisms involved in birds getting 'entrained' and then deposited by storms, which is one reason why Team BirdCast (and many others) are interested in sightings associated with these storms.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey came ashore on the central Texas coast last week with an almost unimaginable combination of destructive winds and rain. Team BirdCast has been tracking the avian fallout from this storm, perhaps a brief respite for some to escape from the horrible scenes of the devastation in Harvey's wake.  Read more...

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By Benjamin Van Doren The Cornell Lab Aug 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey's path of destruction has seen unprecedented and catastrophic events in coastal Texas. Some birders have been out safely documenting what they have seen, and numerous typically pelagic or near shore species have been displaced far inland from the coast.  Read more...

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