smoke on the water

Sea smoke on the water Friday morning.

It was 16 degrees as I drove my husband off island to the train station for work.

Sea smoke doesn't happen very often 

and less so in November.

I should say that sea smoke is caused when very cold air moves over warmer water.

It forms when a light wind of very cold air mixes with a shallow layer of saturated warm air immediately above the warmer water. The warmer air is cooled beyond the dew point and can no longer hold as much water vapor, so the excess condenses out. The effect is similar to the "steam" produced over a hot bath or a hot drink, or even an exercising person.


  1. What exactly is sea smoke? What causes it? I have never heard of it!

  2. I've never heard of sea smoke before, that's interesting. : )


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