NWS Incident Meteorologist (IMET) Kari Fleegel usually spends a couple weeks a summer out west assisting fire fighters in their efforts to control wildfires. This year is different. Kari is currently in Slidell, Louisiana, where she will assisting the local NWS office through Saturday, July 31st.
The Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded on April 20th of this year. Since that time, the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office, located in Slidell, has been in full operations, bringing on extra staff, briefing at incident command posts, and creating several specialized products for the incident. As of Tuesday morning, 3,153 site specific Spot Forecasts had been issued by the New Orleans/Baton Rouge office in support of cleanup efforts. To see the latest information being produced by the local NWS office, as well as tropical outlooks, satellite and radar imagery, and ocean currents from other NOAA agencies please view http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lix/?n=embriefing