Posts Tagged ‘Hoarfrost’

My father-in-law, Ray Bibow, passed away on December 16 at 91 years of age. He was a great guy and had a good life. The day of the funeral was unusually warm for Minot, North Dakota where he had lived for most of his life. The warm air over the snow resulted in a dense fog that coated the trees with ice. I expected the ice to melt by the time we got to the cemetery, which was well after noon, but since the sun did not come out the ice remained. In a beautiful coincidence the sun finally broke through just as the minister finished the ceremony at the cemetery.


Ray Bibow Funeral

I have been traveling in North Dakota a recently and had the good fortune to run across one of my favorite weather phenomena — hoarfrost. Hoarfrost is a heavy coating of ice that is typically deposited on vegetation leading to a winter wonderland appearance.  As the temperature of moist air drops its ability to hold moisture is reduced. When the air temperature is above freezing, dew forms. At temperatures fall below freezing the moisture in saturated air may condense directly to ice (hoarfrost).  Here are some photos of hoarfrost in North Dakota.



Trip to 4Bears - December 04, 2014 - 0023-Edit

Trip to 4Bears - December 04, 2014 - 0013-Edit

Chevy and Hoarfrost - January 01, 2014 - 2

I spotted this long-abandoned Chevy wagon when I stopped in Petersburg, ND while driving through the state on Christmas Day two years ago. The day was bitterly cold but there was enough moisture in the air to form a hoarfrost that thickly coated vegetation in the city and for miles surrounding it.  That same moisture made for an almost surreal setting as we drove through sometimes dense fog and otherwise very low clouds — every bit of vegetation coated in ice (hoarfrost actually will form on any object that has been chilled below freezing). This is my first entry in Cee’s Black & White Challenge. I hope you enjoy my contribution to this week’s subject Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This little bridge is near my home. The photo was shot on a foggy morning when the temperature was just below freezing.