Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur nears category 2 status

Hurricane Arthur is now northeastward and is approaching category 2 status with winds at 90 MPH.  The forecast track remains through the outer banks of North Carolina and then south of the cape and islands.  Although not the optimal track or timing for a tropical system to bring unusual birds into western Mass the slight chance is still there for something noteworthy to be displaced by Arthur as it comes up the coast. The most likely potential species (and it is far from truly likely!) would be a frigatebird, which do have a history of being displaced far away from the track of tropical systems. It is at least worth keeping an eye to the sky in the event one happens to take a flight on the southern winds into our neck of the woods.  I know I will be out looking on occasion tomorrow despite the forecast rain. 

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