Saturday, May 01, 2010
Oil Spills and Hurricanes
The oil slick over the northern Gulf of Mexico will reflect more incoming sunlight so will warm slower than the surrounding ocean. If this delayed warming continues into the hurricane season, then a tropical cyclone that visits the region might have slightly weaker winds. Reduced water evaporation from any remaining oil film at the time of the hurricane will contribute to the decrease in wind speeds assuming the high winds do not immediately disperse the oil.