A tropical depression has formed in the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center says.
Read more about the potential implications for the Gulf oil spill.
As I sit on my wraparound front porch of our 1880's bay front home on St. Andrews Bay this late afternoon, I see the beautiful, near pristine bay sparkling through the age old hickory, live oak and palm trees on our 30-foot hill above the shoreline. I hear Osprey cry out from their tree top nest, spot a great blue heron tiptoeing along the white shoreline, and feel the shadows of a large group of brown pelicans passing overhead above the treetops, gliding back home after a day of fishing in the Gulf. Home? A mile or so to the west along the bay front is a small remnant of what is locally referred to as "bird island" where the pelicans nest. I walk down the old stairs to our small white beach, and peek out of the natural grasses we have kept to protect our shoreline. Their awaits the St. Andrews Pass a mile or so to the south. Skimmers await, boom is placed, and a deep and overwhelming sadness fills the air. The great blue heron doesn't know, the pelicans rest peacefully on bird island, the clear bay water laps at the sandy shoreline as if nothing is amiss. But we know. It is real. It is inevitable. It is unimaginable, but we just know it's out there. This feeling is oddly familiar, but there is no sigh of relief on the horizon. No expectation we might be able to say, "thanks goodness it missed us this time". The oil, the tropics, the awful anticipation. As Rudy Guillani so eloquently responded to questions about the loss of life after 911, iHe said, "t's more than we can bear". I understood the loss more fully with that one statement than all of the reporting and analysis that has followed since.
The oil is devastating, but if the oil and the tropics mix, it will be more than we can bear.
I'm not saying that this tropical storm - or any hurricane - in the Gulf is a good thing, but it shouldn't have any effect on oil hitting Florida. In fact, the counter-clockwise spin of tropical storms north of the equator will mean that the oil gets sent northwest, toward Texas and western Louisiana - not southeastward toward central Florida.
A large hurricane, could, however, alter regional circulations within the gulf significantly. Oil on the South western quadrant of a tropical system could get sent south/southeastward. The fluid dynamics of any hurricane/oil situation are problematic and fairly difficult to model, but no one's out of the picture in this situation.
Has anybody given out any estimates on how much benzene has been released yet.There's a new commodity there giving away in the gulf ,CANCER anyone!
To all people who even remotely think that the oil spill will be cleaned up,please watch the movie Black Wave the exxon Valdez spill 18 years later. Good bye to the gulf for 40, 75,100 years. My guess is 150 years there will still be evidence of the spill. what our goverment should do is seize all BP and Exxon assets and use all the oil wells to pay for the clean up. My other guess is BP will stop paying for the spill shortly after we get the leak stopped and our goverment and all its corruption will let them. And to anyone who is against the ban on drilling especialy people down in the gulf look how evil oil has already ruined your lives. Our goverment is at fault for this spill and no matter what anybody says or does it will never change until special intrests is removed from washington.
The right's gonna blame Obama for this.
Half of the heavy crude Oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown crude Oil well was tested at the Louisiana Earth Sciences Dept. to be composed of 50% Asphalt.
Anyone that has worked with Asphalt knows that it collects and stores solar energy very well and that 150 Million Gallons of mostly Asphalt crude Oil is going to greatly warm up the Ocean's temperature.
Warm water is like Candy to a Hurricane, and when a Hurricane hits that hot patch of toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic crude Oil in the Gulf of Mexico it is likely going to grow stronger and larger directly as a result.
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