News: Cyclones

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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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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 28, 2017

Team BirdCast monitors birds and their associations with hurricanes when we can, as they provide rare opportunities to study entrainment and displacement of birds. Such storms are dangerous in the extreme, no matter what intensity, and Hurricane Harvey proves no exception. This storm is coming ashore as a Category 4 Hurricane, very strong and very dangerous!  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Aug 24, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is rapidly intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico. This dangerous storm is forecast to strike the Texas coast on Friday night or Saturday morning as a major hurricane and then meander in the immediate vicinity of the coast for several days. Entrainment and displacement of seabirds is highly likely.  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Sep 30, 2015

Update 930am EDT, 2 October 2015 The newest models from the National Hurricane Center suggest Hurricane Joaquin will stay far to the east of the Atlantic Coast. We will continue to monitor the storm, although the most likely outcome from the avian perspective is a windfall of Nearctic and Neotropical migrants in the Palearctic! Given […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Nov 09, 2014

Storm! There has been much discussion of the remains of Super Typhoon Nuri as it rips up the Pacific. The remnants of the storm gathered some serious strength and bombed to an anomalously low central pressure in the low 920s. This is epic proportion for any extratropical storm, especially in the Pacific Ocean. And presently, […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jul 03, 2014

With a month of the official hurricane season already in the books, Hurricane Arthur arrives on the scene. This Category Two storm is forecast to graze the Outer Banks of North Carolina before shooting off to the Northeast through the Canadian Maritimes toward Greenland. There is a precedent for what we might expect from this storm from an ornithological perspective. […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Sep 11, 2013

Despite a reasonably quiet season for tropical systems in the western North Atlantic, a lingering area of low pressure and associated storms that was once Tropical Storm Gabrielle has reorganized and started to move to the North and Northeast. The most current update from the National Hurricane Center suggests a western Newfoundland landfall for the […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jun 13, 2013

Thankfully, Tropical and Post Tropical Storm Andrea was neither an epic nor devastating storm. It moved rapidly from the Gulf Coast off the coast of New England, bringing heavy rains primarily, and its speed and eventual path made it mostly an ornithological bust. Some species may have been displaced, but probably the only noticeable appearances […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jun 06, 2013

The official start of the 2013 hurricane season in the Atlantic was 1 June. The current forecasts suggest an active season, as evidenced by the AccuWeather summary of NOAA data below: Team BirdCast will be monitoring hurricanes and discussing the birds that they entrain and displace throughout the 2013 hurricane season. With each discussion, we […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Mar 18, 2013

We continue to track the Eastern promises that we highlighted in December, as this past weekend provided yet another tantalizing example of the potential fruits of such promises. A Fieldfare was discovered in Carlisle, MA and seen and photographed by many. This is no doubt one of the prizes of any year of Eastern Promises! […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Feb 07, 2013

If the groundhog were a birder, perhaps he would have predicted six more weeks of a winter like this . . . We know that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. Many in the US probably rejoice at his early spring prediction, but, with a winter like this, many birders may not be so thrilled […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Jan 22, 2013

So far, the negative NAO index that team BirdCast pondered late last year has yet to materialize with the strength of the October-November period. However, recent weather in Europe and some forecasts for the short term suggest the potential for facultative bird movements to occur. The Meteoalarm website paints a picture of cold temperatures and […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Dec 29, 2012

Well, the Fieldfare you so desired for the holidays certainly may have been beneath whatever vegetation is part of your holiday celebrations, but not if you live in North America. Although a number of Black-headed Gulls and Tufted Ducks are present, along with a suite of Barnacle Geese, presumably little action occurred in what turned […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Dec 11, 2012

Following last week’s post about the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the promise of European vagrants in North America, we thought it useful to note the current forecast from NWS Climate Prediction Center for the NAO index. The graphic below shows the forecast for the NAO index for the coming two weeks. Note, that there is a […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Dec 07, 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s epic, devastating, and predicted jog to the Northwest just prior to her New Jersey landfall was driven, largely, by a “rex block” or “Greenland block” – serious high pressure over the North Atlantic that, in effect, blocked the passage of the gigantic circulation of Sandy and forced her inland over New Jersey and Pennsylvania as she worked […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Nov 09, 2012

The Weather Channel has taken to naming winter storms for the 2012-2013 winter season, and Brutus is at bat. This powerful storm is dumping heavy snow in parts of the Rockies, and the associated frontal boundary strongly demarcates much colder from very warm air. As the low tracks east, strong southerly and southwesterly flow prevails […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Nov 09, 2012

Hurricane/Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy and all of her fury are firmly ensconced in the record books, and this storm will remain forever in the lexicon of Northeastern US weather lore (probably foremost ahead of the 1938 Long Island Express). This is certainly true from an ornithological perspective, with some avian effects from Sandy still apparent 11 days […]  Read more...

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By Andrew Farnsworth The Cornell Lab Nov 02, 2012

Numerous articles linked and referenced the BirdCast website during the extensive media coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The following is a list of links to radio, print, and Internet coverage of the storm relevant to (or referencing) BirdCast. Discovery.com – EXCELLENT IDEA OF THE DAY: POST-SANDY BIRDING NewsDay – Exotic birds traveled to Long Island with Sandy […]  Read more...

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