Oil Spill Reaching the Florida Keys

This isn’t a surprise, but it is sobering to see that some of the oil has gotten caught up in the loop current. You can see from the latest NOAA satellite image how a thin sheen of oil is moving southeastward.

On a previous post I discussed how eddies are steering the oil. As you can see, these two eddies moved the oil right into the loop current.

I get asked a lot about the oil reaching southeast Texas. My answer has been consistent: It will eventually get here if the oil spill can’t be contained. I’ve been tracking the NOAA oil forecasts since day one and the one thing that sticks out to me is how the oil is spreading out in all directions. If the oil keeps spewing, it will affect southeast Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and, yes, the east coast.  For now the thickest oil is southwest of the original explosion. Click the image to get a closer look.

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