Offshore trajectory maps on pause


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb CritchfieldOR&R's modeling team continues to generate daily trajectories for the nearshore surface oil. Overflights are also conducted on a daily basis (weather permitting) to provide field verification of model trajectories. Please see for further information on the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.The offshore trajectory maps will be suspended because the northern end of the Loop Current has been pinched off into a large eddy (Eddy Franklin) so there is no clear path for oil to enter the Loop Current from the source. Also, there have been no reports of recoverable oil in the Loop Current or Eddy Franklin and the oil has moved to the North and away from the Eddy Franklin. NOAA will continue to monitor the area with overflights, vessel observations, and satellite analysis. When the threat of shoreline impacts to the Florida Keys increases, NOAA will resume producing the offshore trajectory maps.The Loop Current is an area of warm water that comes up from the Caribbean, flowing past the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico. It generally curves east across the Gulf and then flows south parallel to the west Florida coast. An eddy is water that rotates.


Winds are forecast to continue to be relatively light (less than 10 knots) and variable this weekend, then become more persistently onshore (SE) Monday night through Tuesday. Trajectories indicate continued slow movement of the slick to the east. Coastal regions between Dauphin Island, Alabama and Panama City, Florida continue to be threatened by shoreline contacts within this forecast period. More persistent SE winds later in the forecast period will begin to increase the threat of shoreline contacts to the Chandeleur Islands and the Mississippi Delta.

Important Contacts

    • For NOAA media inquiries, please contact Ben Sherman, John Ewald or Rachel Wilhelm or phone 301.713.3066.
    • To offer suggestions to clean, contain, recover or stop the flow of oil visit Deepwater Horizon Response Suggestions. This website also provides procedures and forms for Alternative Response Tool Evaluation System (ARTES) proposals.
    • For response-related inquiries, please phone the Joint Information Center (JIC) at 985.902.5231 or 985.902.5240.
    • To report oil on land, or for general community information, please phone 866.448.5816.
    • To report oiled or injured wildlife, please phone 866.557.1401.
To learn about volunteer opportunities in all areas and what training is required, please phone 866.448.5816.
  • To discuss spill related damage claims, please phone 800.440.0858.
  • BP is asking fishermen for their assistance in cleaning up the oil spill. BP is calling this the Vessel of Opportunities Program and through it, BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the Vessel of Opportunity Program, fishermen should phone 281.366.5511.

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