Ok folks. Here is a new one for me. Maybe you know this but it was all new to me. Seventy plus years of living in a winter environment left me scratching my head when I heard the weather forecasters talking about ‘Rime Ice’ that was decorating our trees, gardens and landscape. Hmmm I thought. What the heck is rime ice and have I been incorrect for 70 years calling this phenom ‘Hoar Frost”? Dr. Google to the rescue:
With rime, the moisture comes from freezing fog water droplets that turn directly from a liquid state to a solid state, or through direct freezing. On the other hand, hoar frost occurs on a clear, cold night where water vapor sublimates: transitioning immediately from a gaseous state to a solid state.
So here is my dive into trying to get this right in some images.
Hoar Frost in my back yard that showed up one morning.
I went for a drive in the country and was rewarded with a full on assault of overcast sky, obliterated horizon, thousands of trees laden with rime ice and some creatures living their lives in this wonderland.
Some White-tailed deer not even knowing they are looking at rime ice.
This Common Raven, unaware of all the rime ice around, is vying to become the next hood ornament for the all electric ‘Ravenmobile’ that is still in the concept stage. Apparently you can vote on which pose would sell more cars.
Now to something we have known (well at least I assume) for years. Good old ice. Here you can see the incisor teeth on this ice dragon’s mouth.
This ‘Bearded Clematis Gnome’ may just be sporting some snow, or is it frost??
Our city with condensing water vapour is desperately looking for a new definition.
- Hoar smoke.
- Rime smoke.
- Chimshaust (Chimney Exhaust)