Weather

Thick fog rolls in over Taos

Atmospheric conditions appeared ripe for creating a heavy mist

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/25/18

Early risers headed for work this morning were met by the sight of a thick heavy fog covering most of Taos Valley.

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Thick fog rolls in over Taos

Atmospheric conditions appeared ripe for creating a heavy mist

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Early risers headed for work this morning were met by the sight of a thick heavy fog covering most of Taos Valley. The Thursday (Oct. 25) fog was slightly unusual because it was so widespread. Most times, fog tends to settle in the greenbelt area of the lower valley along the Rio Pueblo.

Visibility is greatly reduced as a result. Drivers are cautioned to drive slow and keep watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, pets and obstacles in the roadway.

Here's a brief explainer from weather.com on how fog is formed: "The most common form of fog, known as radiation fog, typically occurs on clear nights as the earth's surface cools moist air immediately above it. If just enough light wind is present – a couple of mph, at most – this chilled air can be gently stirred through a deeper layer, forming a deeper radiation fog.

"Often in the fall, you'll see morning fog hug lower valleys of the Appalachians. This valley fog, really just a type of radiation fog, results from cold, dense air draining down mountain slopes at night, collecting in the valley floors, then forming as any other radiation fog described above."

 

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