Saturday, May 22, 2010

So, This Hurricane Slips on an Oil Slick

Not funny. I don't even want to think about it. But I'm not surprised someone has speculated about the BP oil spill's flow into the Gulf of Mexico and how it might impact a hurricane. Hurricane season starts June 1, and experts say we'll have a higher than average number of storms this year.

At Slate, Chris Mooney writes:
In an absolute worst-case scenario, powerful hurricane winds might drive the oil slick towards land and push some of it ashore with the ensuing storm surge.
Lovely. Just lovely.

The oil slick might not slow the hurricane, could possibly even strengthen it. The good news is a hurricane might dilute the oil slick with enough ocean water to make the slick degrade more quickly. Read Slate.

Look at this NASA photo of the oil leak's slick here. As big as it is, it's smaller than the average hurricane.

1 comment:

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Hey Nordette,

Just talking with Rippa and he told me about your blog. It's very nice and I like your topics.

I've been covering the Gulf Oil Disaster in my last three posts. You might especially be interested in the one, Some Of Mother Earth's Terrorists Are Oil Executives.

Come visit, and please blogroll me if you like what you read. I think you will.

~ Kit