Oil May Be Entering Loop Current, Headed Towards FL

MODIS Satellite Image (Monday May 17) from SkyTruth

The Gulf oil slick may have entered the Loop Current and be heading towards Florida. The SkyTruth remote sensing blog posted a clear satellite image obtained today showing a long strand of oil being drawn southeast. The Weather Channel blog says:

Per The Weather Channel’s tropical expert Dr. Richard Knabb, “based on satellite images, model simulations, and on-site research vessel reports, I think it is reasonable to conclude that the oil slick at the surface is very near or partially in the loop current.  The loop current is responsible in the first place for extending that stream of oil off to the southeast in satellite imagery.”

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Thanks to Orlando Sentinel Beach Beat blog for links.

5 Replies to “Oil May Be Entering Loop Current, Headed Towards FL”

  1. It would be interesting to see how far this can travel, and the time. Will there be scares of this for years?

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