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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 04 2012

Weather Talk: Weird sight of ground fog over hail not that unusual

The sharing of weather photographs on Facebook and Twitter is beginning to have the same affect that 24/7 news media has been having for the past 10 years or more. Specifically, people are seeing fascinating weather pictures all the time.

Just this past Tuesday, there were amazing pictures sent to me from Crystal, N.D., of the ground covered with small hail. In another picture, the melting hail created a dense ground fog that hovered only in the lowest couple of feet where melting ice caused enough cooling to condense the moisture out of the air.

Many people reacted, saying they had never seen such a weird sight, and that our weather is getting weirder and weirder.

In reality, these things happen every summer. Swaths of hail are usually small, so most of us do not see it every summer, even though hail is a common weather feature around here in spring and summer. The fog over the hail is easily explained by the atmospheric conditions at the time.


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