As the summer months cool down, the mornings in Northern Colorado become crisp and pleasant. Some mornings you will find yourself commuting in a cloud as you drive through the fog.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

This morning, the majority of my commute was a foggy one. Is it possible that we could be seeing more fog in the Northern Colorado region as we enter the fall months?

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National Geographic's page on fog states that fog is a cloud that touches the ground and can vary from thin to very thick. Thick fog can be treacherous to drive in due to the sheer lack of visibility.

Fog occurs when humidity levels are high and dust or air pollution is present in the air. Water vapor in the air from the humidity attaches to these airborne particles and this reaction causes fog.

There are numerous types of fog that occur around the world. According to KDVR, the most common types for Colorado are radiation and upslope fog on the Front Range. Radiation fog usually forms at night as the heat of the day is radiated back into the atmosphere. Low winds and clear skies help this type of fog form.

As you have seen in the weeks past, our skies have been filled with smoke from surrounding wildfires from western states. These smoke particles could be a good carrier for the water molecules to attach to. The main factor in fog is the humidity levels. As we all know, our weather can change at a moment's notice, thus making it more difficult for someone who is not an experienced meteorologist to predict when the fog will form.

Source: National Geographic - KDVR

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