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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind [updated]

Updated May 14, 2010: See the end of this post for the answer.

Sorry if this sounds selfish. This summer when that warm, moist air comes up the Mississippi Valley from the Gulf of Mexico, as it always does, how far north will it carry with it particulate of oil and dispersant.

Update: A few days later, and we have an answer. From Friday's State Journal-Register: Rain won't be oily, but Gulf spill could affect Midwestern weather, by Tim Landis:

Climatologists are watching the oil slick spreading in the Gulf of Mexico because that’s where spring and summer storms in the Midwest pick up much of their moisture.
No, we’re not in for oily rain.
But the oil spreading after the explosion on a British Petroleum deep-sea drilling rig could have an effect on evaporation rates in the Gulf, and in turn on Midwestern weather systems.
“It’s a concern, but there’s no models to calculate this,” said Jim Angel, climatologist for the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign-Urbana. “It’s not like you can flip back to the ‘oil slick of ’53.’ None of them have been on the scale that we’re seeing in the Gulf. We’re in new territory here,”

We'll see.

Posted by Marie at May 12, 2010 8:10 PM


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