October 17, 2016

Warm Weather on the Mountain

Photo by Laurie Goodrich

Hawk Mountain will experience unseasonably warm weather this week, with some rain plaguing Thursday and Friday. However, pleasant weather returns for the weekend. 

High pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast will bring a southwesterly and westerly flow of air through mid-week with well above normal temperatures.  A week cold front is forecast to move through late Wednesday and then lift to the north as a warm front on Thursday bringing a chance of rain in the morning.

The front should then move off the coast on Friday.  Low pressure in the western Atlantic will bring ideal conditions for the weekend, partly to mostly sunny skies, cooler temperatures and northwest winds.

With light winds and rain later in the week expect flights to be on the slow side with many of the raptors being high and out over the valley.  However, given the below average counts of sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks so far this fall, this weekend is shaping to be the biggest accipiter flights of the season.

Northern harriers, red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks should be seen daily, and the rest of the falcons should pass this week.  Golden eagles could be seen daily, but should be seen in good numbers this weekend.

We encourage visitors to venture to the Mountain during this warm spell and enjoy the outdoors and vibrant fall foliage! 

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