Preview Of Daybreak

sunshine on foggy mountainJust before the sun broke over the horizon of a rather cloudy day with a fluffy blanket of fog hovering on the treetops, a shaft of sunlight pierced through and lit up a wedge of the hill.

It lasted less than a couple of minutes because the shaft of bright light was soon consumed by the upper and lower clouds. But the momentary glory showed that the day wasn’t as bleak as it looked and that soon the sun would do its job and burn off the thick moisture to warm and light a new day.

August Fog Totals

You may remember that I had talked about an Old Farmers Almanac prediction that correlates the snow during the wintertime to fog during the month of August. Here are the totals for the month.

Heavy fog (that doesn’t rise or disappear before noon) 2days

Fog (that lasts until 10 or later) 4 days

Light or Skiff Fog (very light or only on East or West) 3 days

No Fog 22 days

The totals for fog were much fewer than the last two years. If Old Farmers Almanac is true to prediction, there will be less snow days than either of the last two years in this area.

More to come as the winter progresses…

Monitoring Fog Conditions

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a saying in a musty, old Farmers Almanac. The adage gave credence to the notion that the foggy days of August could foretell the severity of the upcoming winter season. For this neck of the woods, the foggy days predict the amount of snowy days we should expect. Although it is not scientific by any stretch of the imagination, the last two years of data seemed to be not far off from actual winter conditions.

So with this being August 1st, I will again be logging the fog conditions for the month on a day-by-day basis and reporting the findings on this site. With our incredible dry and hot summer, I am rooting for lots of foggy days during the month. Continue reading

Not Quite As Freezy

A dog stands at the edge of the field while fog begins to form.The cold snap broke and we are slowly getting back to a weather pattern that is more typical. Pipes and hoses are no longer frozen solid and we can water the animals with the irrigation again between nights that freeze and days that thaw.

Forecasts have been waffling for a week about the chances of snow on the 25th. We had less than a trace two days ago and it disappeared as the sun came up.

In the fields, the ground is still frozen several inches down below the turf while the moisture in the air hovers in patches across the trees and into the dips of the field.

Butler the dog watches the fog as it dances around. He is hoping to see a coyote or bird move about so he can go running, but for now it is just the fog.

Totals For August

August seemed to slip by quickly with all the picnics, BBQs and get-togethers going on but I managed to keep a daily list of fog sightings. That is with the help of Mike when I headed to the beach for a few days of fun.

For new readers, the Old Farmers Almanac had a saying about the amount of fog you have in August is an indicator about how many snow days you will have come wintertime. Last August seemed to have a little more fog than normal, this last winter we experienced more snow than normal so I decided to fog watch this year to see if it is as accurate. Continue reading

Rolling This Way And That

Fog hanging around the hills on the far side of the pasture.Even before I had a chance for a morning cup of coffee, the fog was seen dancing and bopping around the hill.

This morning was a little unusual because of two types of fog forming at the same time. Just before the treeline, ground fog laid a blanket of white across the flat ground that was still and un-moving, while another layer of fog swirled slow configurations at the treetops. The middle area of the trees seemed unaffected by the moisture and was clear of fog as was the area closer to the house and barns.

Watching the scene from the comfort of the house was a wonderful way to begin the day as the fog played out at daybreak. The show this morning also reminded me that August is the month where, according to old farmers tales, counting foggy days in August belies the trend for snow days during the winter months. Since last years correlation of fog and snow seemed to be pretty accurate, I’m going to attempt the reporting again this year. Stay tuned…