After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, much of the fallout was expressed out of the air through precipitation, leading to what the Japanese came to call “Black Rain”.
We’re looking at a potential very similar in the Gulf coast now. As it stands, the BP Deepwater Horizon rig is still gushing 200,000 plus gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. ETA for the closing of Deepwater Horizon’s hemmorhaging pipes is somewhere between weeks and months.
If the oil spill itself wasn’t enough, there is another problem that will in all likelihood make this matter even worse. According to Nan Walker, a physical oceanographer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge,”The oil could be propelled onto land by the storm surge and monster waves.”~source.
In other words, imagine a hurricane running across the oil slick in the Gulf. It’s that time of year down along the coast.Colorado State University hurricane forecasters have already predicted a season of at least 15 named storms, 8 of which will be hurricanes, and half of them with winds exceeding 110 miles an hour.
Straight over 4 million gallons of crude oil. The Gulf Coast now stands a very real chance of getting more than a sprinkle of what’s currently soaking the marshes along its coast. Fallout from a man-made butchery of nature.
The question oceanographers and meteorologists are now asking is: will this happen. It’s actually not definite. According to National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen, the thick layer of oil might weaken the process that forms hurricanes, since the evaporation of the water on the sea’s surface is what fuels them.
National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Charlie Paxton has already said that Black Rain is not possible, largely due to oil being able to be carried short distances, but not truly evaporated.
There’s one problem with this. “short distance” is highly relative. While the evaporation of water can lift particulate matter into the air (proven by rains of fish, frogs and red rain produced by algae, all carried by their eggs or particles), we’re not talking about gentle rain here. You don’t get gentle rain on the Gulf Coast. you get hail at 4:00 p.m. in July. You get drinkable atmosphere during most of the spring and summer. You get weather comparable to the tropics, and where it isn’t beach it’s usually swamp or marsh. Exceptions to this exist, of course, but by and large they’re man-made.
It should also be noted that the phenomenon of “sea air” is salt particles dissolved by the movement of the tides. So there are nuances to the ‘no’ given by Paxton, even on a layman’s read. True, oil doesn’t dissolve in water. Neither do fish eggs, algae or fallout, so it’s all a question of velocity, of which hurricanes have a lot.
So that seems to be where we are.Congress is sharpening the pitchforks as BP and Haliburton play the blame game. People are still giving BP money because they’re 2 cents cheaper, the 2 cents the masses don’t and will never have…
In addition to the basically apocalyptic hit the shellfish market will take from this disaster, there’s the problem of cleanup. Cleaning up beaches is comparatively easy to marshlands. This is not only bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill but infinitely more difficult to correct. This is also in a region whose economy was based heavily in the climate, the water, and the things harvested from it, all of which were or will likely being the future soaked in that black shit we kill Arabs over.
Still others are finding optimism in the strangest of places. The hurricanes, as Ed Overton of a federal chemical hazard assessment team dealing with oil spills said, “is Mother Nature’s vacuum cleaner”. Overton was referring to the capacity for a hurricane to strip the marshes of their oily contents.
Though it might seem counterintuitive, a big storm could help by dispersing and diluting the worst of the oil, Overton said.~source
The analogy is not entirely accurate. A vacuum cleaner is designed to suck up everything and consolidate it into one container that can be discarded. This seems more or less like hooking up a sprinkler to the Atlantic, one at around the pressure of a fire hose.