This shocking video shows what appears to be the aftermath of oily rain, filmed in River Ridge — just outside New Orleans. The filmmaker captures the clearly visible sheen in the gathering puddles, and describes the remaining substance as “thick” and “foamy,” noting that it not only looks but also smells like the oil they witnessed the day before on Gulf beaches from the spill.
According to Tampa Bay’s 10Connects.com,
National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Charlie Paxton says while it’s always possible a water spout could pick up some oil and carry it a short distance, the notion of black rain is just not possible. Paxton says that’s because oil does not evaporate. As a result, talk of black rain is just a myth.
Jalopnik.com mentions, however that “under normal environmental temperatures, oil does not evaporate, however with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the effects of seawater emulsification and the introduction of BP’s dispersant of choice, Corexit 9500, may be allowing some degree of evaporation into the water cycle.”
WATCH Louisiana raining oil: