UNC Physicist: Hurricane will leave “an oily residue on everything”; “Evaporating water will carry the oil and any chemical dispersants” (VIDEO)

Friday, July 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

July 23rd, 2010

How Will a Hurricane Affect the Oil Spill?, Scientific American, July 15, 2010:

So what does a storm with the energy potential of 10,000 nuclear bombs do to an oil spill covering roughly 6,500 square kilometers?…

Of course, sea spray and evaporating water will carry the oil and any chemical dispersants with them…

And this polluted air and water vapor certainly will be carried to the near shore and left as an oily residue on everything from trees to electrical transformers… “If there’s oil in the water, it will be coming along with it to some extent,” says marine physicist Rick Luettich of the University of North Carolina. “I don’t know how significant the impact will be.”

As of now, NOAA is predicting 14 to 23 named storms—the most tropical cyclones ever anticipated by the U.S. government agency… In 2010, sea surface temperatures—the primary fuel of hurricanes—are already higher than in 2005. “It’s actually at unprecedented levels,” Greg Holland, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Earth System Laboratory, testified to Congress on June 30.

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