Humidity.  Not a word I’d associate with Calgary, a city where jumbo-sized bottles of hand and body lotion and humidifiers in every room of the house are not mere luxury items.  The air is normally very dry here – Wikipedia claims that we have an average relative humidity of 55% in winter and 45% in summer.  Once the cold, blistering winds and snow arrives, you begin to feel really parched.  It makes you wish for a tropical vacation (okay, so EVERYTHING makes me wish for a tropical vacation…sigh).

Over the past few days, however, we’ve been completely immersed in a foggy gloom, and the humidity levels have risen dramatically.  The temperature has been sitting below zero, however, so the water droplets from the low clouds have frozen and accumulated on the windward sides of trees, power lines, fences, etc. as hoarfrost.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Is hoarfrost a common cold weather occurrence where you live?   


  1. We’re very foggy here too, I’m heading out with my camera this morning. Just to the yard, mind you, but I should be able to get some nice pics.

  2. I hear you about the freezing rain – it’s something we dread here, too. During the winter, we have such wild cycles of freezing and thawing, the roads and sidewalks are simply horrible to navigate sometimes!

  3. So happy that the weather finally turned around over the past couple of days! We definitely needed a break! Your blog is great – I was doing a little browsing around it this evening. Looking forward to checking out more of your posts!

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