ROFFSâ„¢ OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL AREA (Public Version), June 22, 2010:
Satellite data from... combined infrared and ocean color data from June 19-22, 2010
â€œWOMâ€ = water-oil-dispersant mixture at the surface and subsurface of the ocean
The surface oil has spread to the Big Bend area of Florida near 85Â°00â€™W & 29Â°30-40â€™N.
Based on the southward flow of the water we anticipate that the surface oil will move relatively slowly southward over the west Florida continental shelf until it reaches the area (approximately near 84Â°00â€™W & 26Â°30â€™N) where the influence of the Loop Current eddy â€œFranklinâ€ will increase the oilâ€™s southward velocity.
When the oil reaches the area near the northern boundary of the Loop Current (near 84Â°00â€™W & 24Â°30â€™N) it appears that some of the oil will move eastward into the Florida Current and Gulf Stream, as well as, westward around the Loop Current eddy â€œFranklin.â€
The drifter buoys have shown this path as well. Some of the oil that will be moving over the west Florida continental shelf could move to the Florida Bay area as a function of the winds in that zone.