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Wednesday 1 December 2010

Arctic Smoke

Here are some photos of Arctic Sea Smoke (defined by the Met Office as "Evaporation fog or steam fog which is formed when water vapour is added to air which is much colder than the vapor's source; most commonly, when very cold air drifts across relatively warm water").  Very pretty!

It snowed again last night and then froze and today I doubt the temperature is above freezing.  However seemingly the schools are open in Orkney!  Though no school buses so I'm not sure how many children have been able to get to school. Kirkwall airport was open but a number of Scottish airports are shut so I'm not sure how much traffic has been coming in.  Even one of the London airports is closed today due to the weather conditions!  This is quite unusual for so early in the winter.

The little town of Stromness across the water looks very pretty in a blanket of snow!


  1. Ive not seen that phenomenon before Sian, amazing, would be lovely to see a closer view if you had one. Nothing like that happens in warm Somerset.

  2. I read with great interest your postings and love the photos.
    very unusual, very interesting and I do get here every evning to see what is going on up there in the North!
    Wish you some warmer temps. to come around.
    Julia/Blue bird

  3. Hi Wessex Reiver - I'll see if I have any other photos in my files and send you anything closer.

    BlueBird - Thanks Julia - I'm hoping for warmer temperatures too but so far it's just cooooold!