Fog or Mist

Fog or Mist

The foghorn woke me this morning; I listened to the boats sounding out through the mist, before opening the curtains to see a grey cloud hung above the frosty ground.

We’d had a clear night and the surface heat had escaped from the ground. The cold ground had cooled the air and as the airs ability to hold moisture had been reduced, condensation formed. That condensation was fog; Radiation Fog in this case although there are many different types.

Whatever type of fog it was the result was the same. as I looked out my window, the sea was gone and only the outlines of trees remained. A beautiful landscape of grey and silver had crept up on us in the night.

‘Finn the Dog’ and I headed up to the woods and managed to get a few photographs.  The trees were hung in cloud and the only sounds apart from our footsteps were the crows crying out unseen in the branches.

As I walked, the thought came to mind, that we tend to use the term mist or fog quite interchangeably. Nevertheless, there is a rule (there normally is) if you are in the UK and you can see less than 100 meters then its fog. If you are not in the UK and/or you’re an airline pilot then fog extends right up to a kilometre before it turns to mist.

As the ground began to warm and the wind began to blow, the mist lifted to reveal the sea was exactly where it was on the previous evening and waiting for me to finish my walk and paint it.


If you want to read some more about fog or mist, here is a useful link:

Fog/mist is a type of stratus cloud, which we touched on in a previous blog. Here’s the link:



By |2018-06-14T06:55:38+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Ecology, Geography, Weather|0 Comments

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