The Storm-Free Zone

So today we have this:

A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico is losing steam as it moves toward the site of the oil spill off Louisiana’s coast.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds were near 30 mph (45 kph) Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says it could dissipate instead of becoming Tropical Storm Danielle as it nears land around the mouth of the Mississippi River later Wednesday or Thursday morning.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for much of the Gulf Coast from Destin, Fla., to Intracoastal City, La., including New Orleans.

The depression is located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi and is moving northwest.

Officials have halted drilling on a relief well intended to permanently plug the blown-out well in the Gulf.

You’ll notice it’s the second time we’ve had a tropical depression enter the Gulf, get close to the oil spill and dissipate. In three weeks.

Causation? Luck? Providence?

I dunno. Mostly, I remember storms getting into the Gulf and getting inflamed like hemorrhoids. I don’t recall many just vanishing.

Maybe we should spill oil every year to keep the Katrinas, Ikes and Gustavs away.



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