For more than two years now, most of Alabama has had colder weather than usual. Although last summer and fall were very dry, December 1968 started a wetter than usual trend. This spring continued wet and cold, particularly inland where Birmingham had its wettest May ever-ll.l0 inches (7.68 in excess). March here had a 7.90 deficiency. This cool, rainy weather meant that development of vegetation was about 2 weeks late and many times the birds had poor flying conditions. As a result, many trans-Gulf migrants were recorded almost daily from 5 April to 21 May around Birmingham and included some species rarely noted here in spring. Little specific weather data are available from other parts of the state. In general though, temperatures were cool throughout and the coast had several stormy periods, rains were heavier 100 or more miles inland.
Author: Thomas A. Imhof
Volume Number: 17 Year Published: 1969
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 31
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1969/Vol 17 No. 2_1969_p31-38.pdf
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