Visit Michelle at the refreshing Nature Notes Thursday for a new look at the world.
I guess I don't need to explain how an ice storm forms! It came out of the four corners region and rained even though the temperature was below 32 degrees.
We have had a great deal of freezing fog this week due to the warm weather melting so much snow. That created fog, which is basically a cloud close to the groun and then the temperatures dropped the fog froze on everything. Water vapor in the fog turns into ice crystals that form on the surface of things inside the cloud. This occurs when the air near the surface has dew points below zero.
The result is hoar frost and it is beautiful. It happened on Monday and Tuesday this week. On Tuesday, it lasted into the afternoon and outside my office window I watched as trees lost the hoar frost all at once and in a 'poof' the frost fell off and then rose briefly in the air before sliding off as a