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Weird mist outside Stromness Harbourl

7th January 2010

Weird mist outside Stromness Harbour
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Picture added on 09 January 2010 at 16:57
I think this may be arctic sea smoke,explanation given as-ARCTIC SEA SMOKE
A type of advection fog that forms primarily over water when cold air passes across warmer waters- from weather.com.
Several years ago when working on MV St Ola we encountered this fog for several trips, I remember someone saying that it had to be -10 for this to happen. The whole ship felt very cold and it was eerie when we sailed through the fog. Several photos of the Ola were taken by Keith Parkes which appeared in the Caithness papers at the time

Added by Linsey Drever on 09 January 2010
I've since learned that this is called 'sea smoke' and occurs when the sea temperature is 10 degrees 'warmer' than the air temperature.
Added by Vivienne on 09 January 2010
Nice picture. A haar blown in through Hoy Sound perhaps.
Added by Ian Hourston on 09 January 2010
because the water is so hot !
Added by Tim Wright on 10 January 2010
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