Hoar frost: (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat is lost into the open sky causing objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost or frost pocket. which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.
Hoar frost may have different names depending on where it forms. For example, air hoar is a deposit of hoar frost on objects above the surface, such as tree branches, plant stems, wires; surface hoar is formed by fern like ice crystals directly deposited on snow, ice or already frozen surfaces; crevasse hoar consists of crystals that form in glacial crevasses where water vapor can accumulate under calm weather conditions; depth hoar refers to cup shaped, faceted crystals formed within dry snow, beneath the surface.
The name hoar comes from an Old English adjective for showing signs of old age, and is used in this context in reference to the frost which makes trees and bushes look like white hair. It may also have association with Hawthorne when covered in its characteristic white spring blossom.
Yesterday when we woke up it was a beautiful foggy day.
Mr.M noticed that it looked like there was hoar frost on all the trees, so we went outside and explored for a bit. It was so beautiful! Monkey was very fascinated by it all and had to touch every one. By the time we got outside, the sun had come out and it was starting to melt, so it wasn’t quite as spectacular as it had been earlier, but still pretty.
Good time to test out the new camera too..! It makes me want to re-do all the posts I did in the time frame when the camera broke…(if only!)