Freezing fog

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Freezing fog occurs when liquid fog droplets (supercooled) freeze to surfaces, forming white soft or hard rime. These supercooled water droplets remain in a liquid state until they come into contact with a surface upon which they can freeze. As a result, any object the freezing fog comes into contact with will become coated with ice.

That is the official definition, and is what we saw on Newfound Gap this past week as we made our way over to the North Carolina side of the Smokies. I've included a few photos of this beautiful weather phenomena below.

On the morning I took these shots (December 28th) it was bitterly cold at the top of the gap. So I was quite surprised about how relatively little snow was still left from the December 18th storm that dropped 24 inches of snow on Newfound Gap. Before driving up there I was a little concerned that there would still be some slick spots near the top, but the road was virtually dry and free of ice and snow.

We spent five days in the Smokies on this latest trip. Over the next few day I'll be sharing photos from the trails we hiked.

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Unknown said...

I have been enjoying your blog...Your photos are great!!! I am from another Smokey Mountain called Mt.Diablo in California...

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Smokey - glad you like the blog and the photos.

I was not aware of another mountain known as "Smokey Mountain" in the U.S. Is this a local nickname or an official name for the mountain or range?

There's also a "Smokey Mountain" in Nova Scotia, Canada as well.


MyLifeOutdoors said...

We saw some effects of freezing fog when we drove over the Skyway yesterday. It was beautiful and I couldn't take enough photos.