Daily Bread for Whitewater, Wisconsin: 6-2-10

Good morning,

Whitewater’s forecast calls for a day with a chance of thunderstorms, and a high of seventy-four degrees.

There will be an awards and recognition program at the Whitewater High School tonight, at 7 p.m.

At the PBS website, there’s an oil spill tracker that’s both ingenious in design and sad in meaning.

The authors explain their widget:

Our first oil widget, which we released May 9 and continue to update, allows readers to choose scenarios based on the best guesses (because that is truly what they were) of the spill’s size. On May 14, we spoke with some outside experts for more perspectives on how much oil might be flowing from the leak. And on May 17, we factored in that BP was reporting some success in siphoning 2,000 barrels of oil per day out of the leaking well.

Here’s a look at some of the other numbers that form the basis of our oil leak range, including our update on May 21 about reports of a new estimate on the way:

NOAA | 210,000 gal/day
USGS (Added May 27) | 504,000 to 798,000 dal/day
Outside Estimates | 1,050,000 gal/day
BP (Worst Case as of May 5) | 2,520,000 gal/day
Experts’ Worst Case | 4,200,000 gal/day

A new “flow rate technical team” comprised of outside experts and multiple government agencies is beginning work on a new estimate of the leak’s magnitude, which could come as early as this weekend. We’ll update both our widgets until the leak is stopped.

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