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Atlantic Flyway review: Piedmont-Coastal Plain, Region IV, Fall 2001

January 1, 2002

The Hollywood, Butler Island, and Wekiva Basin stations did not operate this year, but we welcome back Jekyll Island, GA, with its flagship species, Western Palm Warbler (835); and we are glad to have a report from Rock Springs Run State Reserve in Florida to replace the Wekiva Station.

Except for a couple of good rains in August, the second half of the year was droughty in Maryland and Virginia, while Florida had a surplus of rain throughout the autumn. Baltimore recorded its driest fall since 1941. The 2001 stream inflow entering Chesapeake Bay was 36 percent below normal, securing the status of the region's longest running drought since the 1960s. Part of the extended drought can be blamed on two consecutive years without a hurricane making landfall in continental United States--the first time in two decades that this had happened. September and October averaged cooler than normal throughout the region, but the other months had excessive heat. The stations that opened in early August detected little movement in the first half of the .month. States to the north of us were experiencing record-breaking heat, culminating in the hottest day in the past quarter century in New York City (104°F) on 9 Aug. On the following day he temperature 40 feet below the surface of Lake Erie more than three miles off Cleveland reached 80°F for the first time in history.

Publication Year 2002
Title Atlantic Flyway review: Piedmont-Coastal Plain, Region IV, Fall 2001
Authors Chandler S. Robbins
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title North American Bird Bander
Index ID 5224225
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center