Well, that’s a relief, sort of.

South Florida catches a break.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

The powerful Gulf of Mexico loop current, which seemed primed three months ago to thrust oil to the Florida Keys and beyond, suddenly changed course and helped protect much of Florida’s cherished shorelines.

Now, with BP capping the leak, a growing number of scientists think the loop current will help spare South Florida and the east coast from large amounts of BP oil.

 “Things look excellent,” said Frank Muller-Karger, a biological oceanographer at the University of South Florida. “They have not looked better in the last two months.”

Pollution from the Deepwater Horizon site has blanketed Pensacola and parts of Louisiana and Alabama. Texas saw tar balls.

So far, most of Florida has caught a break.

Tampa Bay and the west coast have been spared because they are separated from the spill by the shallow, 150-mile-wide West Florida continental shelf. It would probably take days of tropical storm-force winds to push oil to the shoreline.

The Keys, which were supposed to get oil weeks ago, have seen nothing from the BP spill, researchers say. It’s the same story along Florida’s east coast.

Good news, except for the poor people in the Panhandle, Alabama and Louisiana. Here’s hoping the hurricane season continues to be quiet, although the most storm activity tends to be in August and September.

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