With winds predominantly from the east and south east, the plume and additional oil product has stayed away from us the last 10 days keeping the amount of oil product, including tarballs, sheen and other effects from the Deep Horizon Oil Spill off our beaches. Over the weekend, there was very few scattered debris with signs of oil on it reported in just a few areas on Panama City Beach. Very few tarballs have been reported in Panama City Beach in the last 10 days.
Right now, the forecast looks good for Fourth of July weekend.
This is from NOAA:
From NOAA: Winds are forecast to be predominantly easterly (E/ESE) through Monday at speeds of 8-14 knots. The northern edge of the slick continues to move northwest threatening the barrier islands of Mississippi/Alabama and the Florida Panhandle east to Freeport, Florida. The Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound and the Mississippi Delta are also threatened by shoreline contacts in this forecast period. An overflight today observed dark brown oil south of the Delta (within ~7 miles of Southwest pass) — westward currents are moving oil from this region west towards Terrebonne Bay.
This is from the Florida DEP:
From DEP: Moderate southeasterly winds 5-10 knots today through Tuesday with a 20-30 percent chance of rain offshore today, increasing to 50 percent by Tuesday. Waves will be moving north through Tuesday, increasing in height each day. Tropical Storm Alex began to move across the Yucatan Peninsula last night and was expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico by this afternoon. The majority of the computer models, including the National Hurricane Center, are forecasting Alex to move towards the west-northwest and impact the coastline near the Texas-Mexico border later this week. The system is also forecasted to increase slightly in intensity as it moves across the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall
Here are some previously mentioned resources:
- Sert Gator – a real time map that shows where oil is being reported. I look at this several times a day.
- Bay County Newsletter – They are sending these updates out everyday around 6 pm. There is always useful and up to date information included.
- Bay County Emergency Operations Incident Plan – Always has up to date information regarding the Gulf oil spill as it relates to Bay County.
- Florida DEP Updates – New updates usually twice daily
Here are some ways to keep up with the latest.