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Hoarfrost - Nature's Frosting

 

February 18, 2021

"From the front porch" by Shalane Hottell.

It is looked on in awe. It is photographed and used for greeting cards. It can turn a sleepy tree or bush into something beautiful or it can turn a quiet country road into a slippery ice rink. And it can be beautiful and awe inspiring. But it can also be dangerous and deadly. What exactly is this weather phenomenon that can create a thing of beauty and still be deadly.

It is called Hoarfrost. It occurs when the temperature is below freezing (32 degrees) and a surge of moisture comes into the area. Hoarfrost happens when the moisture in the air is cooled so fast that it bypasses the droplet...



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