Beauty in the (foggy) air

As the island struggles to switch atmospheric gears between winter speed and summer speed, the changes appear in different ways. The flowering of plants and trees is one visual example of the combination of increasing hours of sunlight and warmer temperatures.

Another visual example is the atmospheric confusion visualized by fog banks suddenly forming and dissipating just as quickly. Most often confined to low areas around the sea, the fogs are a result of the meeting of a cooler (and heavier) stable air mass meeting a warm (and lighter) air mass. Here it is the sea which makes the cool air mass and the warming land provides its complement. Other factors including no wind and high humidity make ideal conditions for both masses to semi-stabilize to create the phenomenon we saw yesterday on the island.


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