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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-13-10 09:19 AM
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9. Unlikely
The rain from a hurricane is not sea water that it picked up from the ocean. The water has to evaporate and condense in the clouds to form raindrops. Benzene or hexane or whatever else in the floating oil that evaporates is not going to condense in the clouds and make it rain gasoline. Oh sure, the rain will be contaminated, but not to the point where your rain barrel has a layer of gasoline floating on it. I wouldn't rule out the rain barrel smelling like a gas station though (human noses are pretty sensitive). As far as the ugly brown mess, that is the less volatile fraction of the crude oil and it's not going up into the atmosphere to condense and fall down far inland. The farthest it will get is from the force of the wind, maybe a couple hundred yards onshore.

One thing a hurricane will do is to spread the oil, which will make it easier for microbes in the environment to digest it. Any bacteria or fungi in Louisiana that can metabolize oil are going to do real well in the coming months.
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  -Is it possible for hurricanes to lift the oil and drop it Inland? Sub Atomic  Jun-13-10 09:02 AM   #0 
  - I guess we'll find out.  hedgehog   Jun-13-10 09:03 AM   #1 
  - .  geckosfeet   Jun-13-10 09:12 AM   #5 
  - With the force of the hurricanes increasing?  daleanime   Jun-13-10 09:08 AM   #2 
  - It won't "rain oil," but  northernlights   Jun-13-10 09:08 AM   #3 
  - Correction, it *could* "rain oil"  WeDidIt   Jun-13-10 09:20 AM   # 
  - I've seen it literally rain cats and dogs.  SmileyRose   Jun-13-10 01:06 PM   #19 
  - Better watch out - Obama got pilloried for saying pretty much the  hedgehog   Jun-13-10 01:04 PM   #18 
  - You will not see brown colored rain, nor will you see  Gman   Jun-13-10 09:12 AM   #4 
  - Could those be the result of the dispersants that have been used?  Sub Atomic   Jun-13-10 09:15 AM   #8 
  - plumes  northoftheborder   Jun-13-10 09:22 AM   #11 
     - Thanks  Sub Atomic   Jun-13-10 09:25 AM   #13 
     - some of the oil coming out of the well is heavier than water  SmileyRose   Jun-13-10 01:23 PM   #21 
  - the disperant molecules are polar on one end and non polar on the other end  northernlights   Jun-13-10 09:23 AM   #12 
     - So they are a kind of soap?  Odin2005   Jun-13-10 01:20 PM   #20 
        - In a word, yes.  lfairban   Jun-13-10 08:30 PM   #30 
  - I did read that it will increase the chances of acid rain within the storm.  peekaloo   Jun-13-10 09:13 AM   #6 
  - I heard a U of M scientist say that a Cat 5 could blow residue 200+ miles inland.  Mika   Jun-13-10 09:14 AM   #7 
  - What about a cat 5e?  deaniac21   Jun-13-10 01:48 PM   #22 
  - Unlikely  izquierdista   Jun-13-10 09:19 AM   #9 
  - So why do tadpoles get dropped on land from normal storms?  Bonobo   Jun-13-10 10:44 PM   #35 
  - *hiccup*  Bonobo   Jun-13-10 10:45 PM   #36 
  - There are countless documented reports....  Scuba   Jun-13-10 09:20 AM   #10 
  - Ever hear of a "mud rain"?  dixiegrrrrl   Jun-13-10 09:29 AM   #14 
  - Texas got mud rain in 09.  Skink   Jun-13-10 10:34 AM   #16 
  - Here in Texas a couple of years ago, we had reddish mud rain  Gman   Jun-13-10 10:33 PM   #32 
  - Hurricanes lift boats and drop them on the land  lunatica   Jun-13-10 09:53 AM   #15 
  - Exactly. It doesn't take Michio Kaku to figure out that it WILL happen.  Bonobo   Jun-13-10 10:42 PM   #34 
  - Oil will not evaporate like water and fall as rain. But oil in sea water near the coast  kestrel91316   Jun-13-10 11:01 AM   #17 
  - That's not the question  jberryhill   Jun-13-10 02:18 PM   #24 
     - Of course it can. It can happen with salt water.  eppur_se_muova   Jun-13-10 10:40 PM   #33 
  - uhh hun, ever see the photos of TREES uprooted by strong hurricane winds?  Donnachaidh   Jun-13-10 02:14 PM   #23 
  - I'd bet you can get people here to say  jberryhill   Jun-13-10 02:19 PM   #25 
  - I was reading some of those posts in amazement  Donnachaidh   Jun-13-10 02:40 PM   #26 
  - That's kind of apples and oranges.  obxhead   Jun-13-10 10:00 PM   #31 
  - A friend emailed my spouse that it had rained  truedelphi   Jun-13-10 03:44 PM   #27 
  - A hurricane surge can sure bring it on land.  cwydro   Jun-13-10 03:54 PM   #28 
  - from another DU post:  Azooz   Jun-13-10 05:52 PM   #29 
 

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