Friday, August 30, 2013

Gentle Fog

There is a lovely, gentle fog these mornings on the island, overlooking Barlow Bay and MacKaye Harbor.  My initial thoughts turn to Carl Sandberg and little cat feet:

Fog

By Carl Sandburg 1878–1967 Carl Sandburg



THE fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

I have also heard the term "Fog-ust" used here in the islands:

In the San Juan Islands, some residents call August-'Fog-ust'. Why all the fog here in August?
Oddly enough, it's because we have fewer weather systems that produce thick clouds and rainfall. Since there's cooler water off the coast of Washington, the high pressure systems that take up long-term residence off the coast is able to drive that shallow layer of moist ocean air inland, where it cools and condenses into fog overnight. That's able to happen since skies above are mostly clear, allowing for rapid 'radiational' cooling.  Jeff Renner http://www.king5.com/weather/weather-minds/In-the-San-Juan-Islands-some-residents-call-August-Fog-ust-Why-all-the-fog-here-in-August-221432321.html

Whatever the reason, it softens the beginning of the day. 


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