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May 27th Update: 'Top Kill' Attempt to Plug Oil Leak is Working, Says Coast Guard Admiral
Hurricane Season + Massive Oil Spill = Trouble
It doesn't take a genius to realize that the arrival of hurricane season (officially starting on June 1st) won't make things easier for the people trying to plug the oil leak and clean up the mess in the Gulf of Mexico. But according to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, this hurricane season could be particularly rough, maybe even worse than the tragic 2005 hurricane season that brought us Katrina. Read on for details.
Trenberth told Discovery said: "The eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean, where disturbances from Africa are transformed into hurricanes, is experiencing record high temperatures, even higher than in 2005, and that was the most hurricane-ridden season on record."
But it's not all bad news. Temperatures in the Caribbean are relatively low, and since heat is hurricane fuel, this could help prevent a total disaster.
What Would a Hurricane Do to the Oil Spill?
Aside from making it impossible for surface ships to stick around the site and work on fixing the well and capturing as much oil as possible, a hurricane would violently spread the oil everywhere in the Gulf and maybe even help it reach the loop current. This could bring some oil all the way over Florida and up the East coast of North-America. A powerful hurricane could also mix the oil with water as far as 150 meters down.
Via Discovery News
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