What a gorgeous landscape we had this past weekend! Trevor and I had to drive down to Wahpeton on Saturday and we just marveled the whole trip at how beautiful everything is when it’s coated with hoar frost.
And people were talking about it everywhere—partly because it was coating everything in sight, and partly because it stuck around for a few days—it seems like usually the sun comes out and melts it after just a few hours.
I also was unaware of exactly what causes it, and was very interested to come across this bit of information from Adnan Akyüz, Assistant Professor of Climatology at NDSU and North Dakota State Climatologist: “When the atmosphere is saturated with water vapor, available water vapor in the atmosphere will deposit on cold surfaces such as tree branches, car antennas, etc. If the temperature of these surfaces is at or below the freezing point, water vapor will freeze upon contact with these surfaces to form hoar frost.”
Trevor went out and got some beautiful photos in our yard—the bittersweet was particularly spectacular.
Then, on Sunday morning, the sun came out and it all melted away. But it was cool while it lasted.