Tues 30 Aug 2011

First image is of the winds aloft at 850 mb (approx 5000 ft). Winds over the state were mixed.  We had 20 knot winds off shore from the north which will bring some more migrants into the coastal areas.  Inland the winds were light except in the gorge where we had westerlies up to 20 knots.That may be a barrier to migrants east of the Cascades and may pull some interesting birds inland from the coast. Up north the winds were heavily favoring exodus, so maybe the next couple of days will bring in some migrant waves.

Second image is a snapshot of the base velocity showing north to south directionality at a peak of 15 to 20 knots.

Third image is an animated gif with snapshots every half hour of the base reflectivity above radar station RTX.  Animation runs from around 8:00 pm pdst yesterday evening through 5:00 am pdst this morning. (Click on the thumbnails to view the full-sized images and animation.)

Sunset last night was at 7:54 pm pdst.

Density is still very light but the exodus bloom an hour or so after sunset was apparent.