Oil spilled after explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Gulf of Mexico.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has its plate full keeping an eye on the nation's weather situation above the earth's surface. With the latest Deep Water Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA is shifting a lot of it attention to the ongoing disaster under the sea.
The organization is working feverishly on plans for containment, environmental assessment and response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Natural resource damage assessment activities are now underway as well as an ongoing effort to gather more information about the spill.
- Edge of area with visible oil is now 21 miles from the nearest point of land- SW Pass at the tip of the Mississippi River Delta.
- Weather forecast to be favorable (5-10 kts from the north) on Wednesday for in situ burning, dispersant application, and skimming operations. This wind will take the floating oil offshore.
- Winds are forecast to become strong (20+ kts) and blow from the southeast on Thursday, which will tend to push surface oil towards shore.
- The latest NOAA oil-spill trajectory analysis do not indicate oil coming to shore over the next 72 hours. However protective booms (or floating barriers) are being deployed in sensitive areas. The effects of oil on sensitive habitats and shorelines in four states (LA, MS, AL, and FL) are being evaluated should oil from the incident make landfall in appreciable quantities
- NOAA's Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) brought together more than 20 Federal and State natural resource trustees today to discuss natural resource damage assessment efforts
- ARD is evaluating concerns about potential injuries of oil and dispersants to fishes, human use of fisheries, marine mammals, turtles, and sensitive resources
NOAA & 10 Connects Meteorologist Sherry Ray