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Jan. 17th, 2005

I'm fascinated by the weather here. Although it's January, it's in the mid-50s. Although it's raining, and fairly hard compared to everything else I've seen here, there's times when a dense fog bank rolls through it regardless.

And then I wonder if the weather in Chicago would have been just as interesting, but here I get to see it.

And a little later today, we'll get more personally acquainted while I hike to town for groceries.

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unkbar
Jan. 17th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Whether it's raining or not shouldn't affect whether it's foggy or not.

Any time the temperature drops below the dew point, you can get fog. When it's raining, the relative humidity is probably close to 100%, so there's a lot of water vapor in the air to condense.

Rain can wash dust out of the air, but it's not going to affect fog -- they're the same stuff, water droplets.

Now, of course, knowing such prosaic physical explanations (which I'm sure you do, but I love to expound anyway!) doesn't change the mood that fog invokes when it closes in and swirls around our doors and windows. It makes me feel dissociated from the outside world. Nothing exists but my immediate surroundings.

Enjoy your hike.

We got our first real snowstorm of the year today in Rochester. Had to clear the driveway before we could go to work this morning. It was nice and warm last week, in the 50's, but it's gotten cold again.

unkbar
Jan. 17th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
And an update: It's in the teens tonight. The drive home was through a lake-effect whiteout. Be happy in your cool, wet Pacific Northwest winter.
alicebentley
Jan. 17th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
The temperature here is so stable it's weird. Hovering around the low 40s in the winter, and the mid 70s in the summer, with barely 10 degrees difference from night to day.

What a switch from the dynamic weather in the midWest.

Or, as I told my sister, we're trading tornadoes and thunderstorms for volcanoes and earthquakes!

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