On April 30, day 10 of the oil spill, I quoted Op-Ed News here regarding the likely reality that “Hurricane season starts June 1 and it will likely contain storm whipped oil splattering across the gulf towns from shorelines to well inland. “The strong winds in hurricanes, sweeping across the surging waves they have created, such up a considerable amount of surface water and blow it inland. This time, however, those winds could also end up picking up a considerable amount of the oil slick floating on the sea’s surface, which would be deposited as rain well inland, damaging croplands and forests, too.” Think about it- What happens when you mix oil with salty water? It results in a mayonnaise like light foam, an emulsion. A lot of foam can be created from a small amount of oil. The emulsion could become easily airborne under high winds. As the hurricane makes landfall, the oil foam would be plastered on everything for hundreds of miles. When trees, grasses, plants, animals, etc. get pounded with the foamy winds they will get a thin layer of oil. That thin layer of oil mixed with sea water will kill any vegetation. Normally Texas receives its first tropical storm on average around June 6.”
Above, oil splatter on a screen from Chinese oil fields, article by Sean Gallagher, “The Sea of Death”
It seems now more than ever that since the oil has not been capped but is in fact gushing more and more each day, that the “Gulf Faces ‘Difficult Reality’ of Storm-Whipped Oil“
As oil, tar balls and dead wildlife wash up on the coast of Louisiana from a leaking well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, another threat looms on the horizon — hurricane season, which officially starts June 1. “It is a very difficult reality for people to fathom right now,” said Courtney Howell, 32, the executive director of Bayou Grace Community Services in Chauvin, Louisiana. “They know how big this threat is, but trying to think about that on top of a hurricane is too much to bear… If one or more storms hit the slick before making landfall, work on plugging the leak would have to stop and oil may be pushed miles inland, soiling beaches and marshes or even spreading all over the Gulf, said Barry Keim, Louisiana’s climatologist and a professor at Louisiana State University. Waves of about 25 feet can come with a tropical storm and 50 to 75 feet with a hurricane, Keim said.”
Yes it is almost too much to bear. Yet we know that in the end time that we are to encourage each other and to lift our eyes to Jesus. The tough times that are upon us are difficult but nothing like what will be for those left behind in the Tribulation. So, Christians, this is the time to urge repentance. Disasters such as the long, slow-moving oil spill disaster are opportunities to look at our inward parts and see our sin for what it is, rebellion against God.