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As hurricane season approaches, the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking weather forecasters into nearly uncharted waters.
The Gulf is a superhighway for hurricanes that form or explode over pools of hot water, then usually move north or west toward the coast. It's now the site of the worst oil spill in U.S. history and along the general path of some of the worst storms ever recorded, including Hurricane Camille, which wiped out the Mississippi coast in 1969, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The season officially starts Tuesday, and although scientists seem to agree that the sp
Originally posted by KilluminatisRex
This is Extremely important to read to understand the ingredients of a HYPERCANE....
Wind speeds in a Category 5 hurricane can reach upwards of 155 mph. Hypercane wind speeds would easily reach 500 mph. Hurricane Katrina was practically an average breezy day in the Panhandle, compared to the strength of the winds in a hypercane.
How might one of these storms come into existence?
“It would have to be a cataclysmic event such as an asteroid or comet strike or something like a super volcanic eruption to get a 122 degree temperature increase.” Said Scott Plischke, a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
"Plischke said, “It’s not plausible…theoretically it’s possible, but you would have to have sea surface temperatures of about 122 degrees. Even the worst-case global warming scenarios don’t call for temperatures to rise that much. We’re looking at maybe 3-7 degrees for global warming, but to get sea surface temperatures up to 122 degrees is highly unlikely.”----------------------------
The Coast and much of the central US may be head for disaster. I have heard effects such as oil big pumped up the Mississippi river through undertow currents, this oilslick can hit home even if you are not living near the coast
[edit on 31-5-2010 by KilluminatisRex]
Originally posted by airspoon
reply to post by jrod
This oil slick is so spread out and sporadic, with most of the oil beneath the surface, I doubt that this will stop any hurricanes. If anything, it would seem that the oil that is interspersed in the water, would heat the surrounding waters. Regardless, if a hurricane sweeps through the oil-tainted waters, not only would it stir the contaminates around, but it could also cause a massive environmental disaster inland, wherever the hurricane strikes land.