WATCHING THE GULF – OIL SLICK

May 12, 2010 Oil Slick off Mississippi Delta

With the opening of the 2010 hurricane season a little over 2 weeks away, the weather over the Gulf is rather quiet.
The first months of the hurricane season is now an unknown player in the future of the oil slick from the BP offshore well disaster.

Surface winds are slowly shoving the slick to the northwest and north. Runoff from the Tennessee-Mississippi floods are being watched. This is “fresh water” (as opposed to salt water) which is lighter than salt water. As these surface waters flow into the Gulf, they may temporarily impede the northward advance of the oil.

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