Gulf of Mexico weather brings more oil ashore

By Phaedra Friend Troy

According to ImpactWeather meteorologist Lauren Whisenhunt, southeasterly winds are helping to push the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico toward Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Panhandle shorelines. WATCH NOW

“Onshore southeasterly winds less than around 10 knots look to continue over the next several days,” reported Whisenhunt in her daily offshore weather report on “With these winds, it has resulted in a northward movement of the slick toward the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands, also the Florida Panhandle.” 

While a complete idea of exactly how much oil has escaped from the damaged Macondo well is not completely clear, large amounts of oil has been washing up along the US Gulf Coast in Louisiana, and now Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

“Coastal regions between the Mississippi Sound and just to the west of Freeport (Florida) may experience shoreline contacts,” she advised. “Also with these southeasterly winds, this has resulted in a movement of the oil toward the Chandeleur and Breton Sound, also the Mississippi Delta.”

BP just reported via Twitter that it has deployed approximately 2.5 million feet of containment boom, which measures more than 470 miles in length. Also, about 3.2 million feet or 600 miles of sorbent boom has been deployed along the US Gulf Coast in an effort to protect it from the oil spill.

Look to PennEnergy and its daily Global Offshore Weather Report for up-to-date video coverage of offshore wind, waves and weather for the nine busiest offshore regions worldwide, including the Gulf of Mexico.

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