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Cold Ride

An interesting weather phenomenon today. A first in my experience. There was atmospheric condensation that was slightly too heavy to be called fog, but far too light to be called rain. It's not that there were drops of water falling from the sky - but rather enough water in the air for it to condense on anything that happens to be there.

All very interesting, except I was on Bluesephalus, the trusty Vespa this morning. Further, I'd neglected to wear a jacket. So as soon as I got under way, water starts to condense all over me. Only it's only a tiny amount of water, so the wind from zipping along the highways and byways of Los Angeles is more than sufficient to evaporate it just as fast as it condenses.

What kind of reaction is evaporation, class? It's an endothermic reaction! Which means it leaves the surface on which it occurs colder than before the reaction. So in addition to the wind on a cold and misty morning, I've got a constant cooling reaction occurring all over my body. This makes for a cold commute. I was sure I'd arrive at work pretty damp, too - moist, even. But no, just cold.

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pyr8queen
Jun. 29th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
This heavy mist reminds me of Hawaii or the South Pacific somewhere, early in the morning, right before a big thunderstorm.
arya
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
What you describe is fog. I think what YOU think of fog is actually just overcastness. Real fog is THICK. Real fog ROLLS.

Friggin' Angelinos don't know anything about weather.
aghrivaine
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Fie on you you and your weather arrogance! I'm from the North East, I know what fog is. I've been in fog so thick you couldn't see the end of the hood of your car. This wasn't fog - the particles were too big. It wasn't properly vapor, it was like tiny water droplets.

I've seen all kinds of fog, but I haven't seen anything like this before.
arya
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
YOU CAN'T HANDLE REAL FOG! Northeasterners don't know fog. I've been in fog so thick I COULDN'T SEE THE END OF MY NOSE. That's fog!
aghrivaine
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Pfft. Whatever. I've been in fog all over the world.
cacofunny
Jul. 3rd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you experienced "mist". At least that's what we always called it in Thousand Oaks when riding through it in the morning on the way to school. :)
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