Beautiful look gets lost in ice fog

#fashionover40 women outerwear
Striped coat with hat and red gloves, GNW tights and Manolo Blanik booties, and leopard print Michael Kors satchel (all own)
#styleover40 woman in winter outerwear in ice fog
Side view of striped coat with hat, red gloves, tights and Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)

That white cloud in the background of the uppermost photo looks impressive when its droplets and ice crystals reflect the light of the flash needed to take my outfit photo. In the second photo, my photographer just hit the button when I was standing in the ice fog.

Ice fog

Ice fog is a common winter phenomenon in Fairbanks during extended extremely cold weather. Typically under these conditions, we have an inversion. This means that the temperature increases with height instead of decreasing with height. Inversions suppress vertical mixing of air. Thus, all the pollutants emitted into the inversion layer stay in the inversion layer. Over time water vapor and aerosols accumulate. The aerosols serve as cloud and ice nuclei. Once the air is humid enough, the aerosols start swelling. Small droplets build that may freeze. These haze or ice-fog plumes form in the near stagnant air. Since wind speeds are close to zero these plumes move slowly. Compared to their movement, their density changes fast.

Ice fog or Arctic haze as it is also often called incorrectly (as Fairbanks is in the subarctic), is pretty annoying when you drive. With a sudden, the car in front of you vanishes! It was 20 yard in front of you just a second ago. You are driving 10 mph into the fog, and just hope the car in front of you keeps its speed. Sometimes when you are at a traffic light and the lights turn green, the car in front of you vanishes in the fog made by its own exhausts.

Ice fog is scary! The two photos were just taken about 10 seconds apart.


The three photos below show what I wore under the coat shown (or not shown) in the photos above 😉 . I wore my Barbour cable-knit dress over my suede skirt to stay warm. The belt served to create a 1/3 2/3 balance also in the other direction and picked up the red of the lower third of the outfit.

#over40 work outfit with dress over skirt | High Latitude Style |
Barbour cable-knit dress worn over G-III suede skirt belted with vintage MOSCHINO belt for shape and proportions, GNW red tights and red Manolo Blahnik booties (all own) to elongate the legs

#over40fashion mature woman in work look
Side view of work outfit made of Barbour cable-knit dress worn over G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, and Moschino belt (all own)
Zoom-in on vintage MOSCHINO belt and the cable-knit pattern of the Barbour dress (all own)

You can find other posts on Alaska’s weather, for instance, the first frost of fall, Chinook, and Alaska’s short fall at the links. The next issue of Focus Alaska goes up on Monday February 16, 2015.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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