Why Does Fog Appear?

  • Post by Weather & Climate
  • Feb 27, 2023

Fog is not just a simple weather phenomenon, it’s a scientific masterpiece.

From the scientific point of view, fog is the accumulation of water in the air and the further formation of little condensation products of water vapor. Moreover, the lower the temperature, the more ice crystals are there in the fog instead of water drops.

Fogs can vary in density and duration, from a couple of hours to several days.

Fogs can range from light and wispy, to dense. Coastal fogs can be quite opaque, like cotton wool. For example, Dubai is almost completely hidden in fog twice a year, in spring and autumn. Another example would be Florida in February 2012 when the fog was so impenetrable that it was possible to photograph it only from above using helicopters.

Next time you’re caught in a fog, remember, it’s not just a nuisance, it’s a natural wonder.

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