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The Truth About Fog

10 Apr 2014 by Dave Sullivan in Nature and Weather
Regions: Avalon , Eastern , Central , Western , Labrador

Fog is one of the most misunderstood weather events we have here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

People often think of it as cold and grey, dark and gloomy.


I’m here to tell you that fog is amazing. That’s right. I’m defending fog. The way it hangs heavy like a protective layer above earth. It’s like a big hug. It envelopes everything with a cool and calming embrace.

Check out this video of the fog pouring over the hills out near Lark Harbour on the West Coast. It’s worth the watch.

Wasn’t that cool?

Let’s not forget about romance. Not the typical box of chocolates and flowers you bought from the grocery store “romance”. No, the other kind — the closing scene of Casablanca kind. There’s nothing like standing tall on Signal Hill in St. John’s as the fog flows in around you and lands like a crown at the top of the look-out.

And you want to talk organic? This just may be the most organic moisturizer on earth. And — it just appears out of thin air. That’s about as renewable as you can possibly get.

Fog attaches itself to all of your senses in one way or another.

For example, a lot of people are unaware that there is a taste to fog. A freshness. There is something about that feeling of the mist on your tongue. It makes me tingle. You know, in a good way.

Also, there’s nothing quite like the smell as it’s being burned off by the sun. That transition from fog to sunshine has a scent that is unmistakable.

It’s also responsible for one of the best shows on earth. There’s nothing quite like a flashing of a lighthouse against a thick bank of fog, combined with the low harmonic drone of a foghorn echoing inland from the sea. A symphony on the water.

There’s a lot to love about it.

Last year, my friend Dejan shot this fantastic time-lapse video of the fog as it floats its way between the narrows of St. John’s harbour. Go ahead. Have a look. I’ll wait.

Amazing, hey?

So there it is — a defence of fog. It’s not a bad word. It’s a marvel that sweeps its way across this place from time-to-time. Bringing with it a feeling, an image, a smell, and a sound that is all its own.

It is yet another refreshing peculiarity in a place where you can’t help but to expect the unexpected.