Latest Gulf oil spill forecast: Continued northeastward movement threatens Panhandle shorelines

Saturday, June 5, 2010
By Paul Martin
June 05, 2010

NOAA nearshore surface oil forecast: Winds tonight (Friday) are forecast to be from the S at 15-20 kts, then be predominantly from the SSW/SW through Monday with speeds of 10-15 kts. These winds have resulted in northward
movement of the slick towards the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands. The westerly component of winds and currents has also resulted in alongshore movement towards the Florida Panhandle. Trajectories show a continued northeastward movement over the next few days – threatening shorelines as far east as Freeport. The threat to shorelines in Breton Sound, Chandeleur Sound, and the NE side of the Delta is reduced. To the west of the Delta, trajectories indicate any remaining oil in this region could come ashore between Timbalier Bay and SW Pass. Analysis of a Friday morning satellite image detected no oil west of Timbalier Bay (coverage extended to Marsh Island).

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