18 May 2010
Oil Slick Entering the Gulf Loop Current (Trust me, that's bad)
Posted by Dan Satterfield
The Gulf Loop current may very well be picking up the oil slick in the Gulf. This would bring the oil down through the Florida Keys and into the Gulf Stream. Eventually passing between Florida and the Bahamas.
Oil in this area could cause severe damage to ocean reefs in the Keys and near the Bahamas. The ocean current models show the path of the loop current very well.
This image from the Real Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS) is a forecast of the current late Wednesday afternoon. It’s for water about 100 meters beneath the surface. The loop current is at the surface of the Ocean as well.
Although some oil is now being captured, at least 80% of the leak and probably much more is still flowing into the Gulf. Large plumes of oil are now being detected beneath the surface.
There is a large amount of oil now west of the Miss. Delta. The wind forecast will continue to push it toward areas along the coast as well. In general the slick seems to be spreading out in a North/South direction.
The entire disaster is very disastrous for the ocean and with the economy in a number of different ways. This problem should have been retricted but everyone once in a while these accidents happen. These companies should be held responsible for this new oil spill.
It’s a complete mess down in the Gulf and it’s not going to get better anytime soon…I feel bad for all the people who are affected by this and Obama should step in and make sure that all are compensated by BP for this attrocity