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Merry Christmas - Hoar Frost

Posted by Lorac Friday, 25 December 2009


Christmas Day December 2009                                       

Some times in winter we get hoar frost. I was not sure why more so on some days and not on others so I looked it up. Courtesy of Weather Online an explanation was given.

Under clear frosty nights in winter soft ice crystals might form on vegetation or any object that has been chilled below freezing point by radiation cooling. This deposit of ice crystals is known as hoar frost and may sometimes be so thick that it might look like snow. The interlocking ice crystals become attached to branches of trees, leafs, hedgerows and grass blades and are one of the most prominent features of a typical 'winter wonderland' day. However, the fine 'feathers', 'needles' and 'spines' might also be found on any other object that is exposed to supersaturated air below freezing temperature.

Hoar frost must not be confused with rime, which derives from freezing fog or glaze which forms as a continuos thick layer of ice, rather than individual frozen droplets.

So I took some photos to show you the Hoar Frost and thought to day was a good to day show them!

Merry Christmas to All!


  1. Val Says:
  2. very beautiful and thanks for the ice terminology :-)

  3. Val Says:
  4. merry christmas to you and yours too!

  5. Your frost is beautiful. I hope you and your family are enjoying Merry Christmas.

  6. Beautiful shots.

    Happy Christmas lorac - have a wonderful 2010

  7. betty-NZ Says:
  8. Those are awesome photos! I like to look, but am glad we don't get that weather in our town!

  9. A Scattering Says:
  10. I love hoar frost and you've done and excellent job of capturing it. Merry Christmas!

  11. Lori Skoog Says:
  12. Gorgeous shots!

  13. Sandra Says:
  14. Beautiful photos. I love it when this happens, the world looks as if it is encased in crystal!

  15. Just Jules Says:
  16. we haven't had that in a long time - beautiful

  17. Great photos and thanks for the educational lesson. Do you know of a movie called "Smilla's Sense of Snow"? One premise of the story is that the Inuit have names for scores of types of snow.

    Hope you had a blessed Christmas and may you have a great new year.

  18. We had an experience with frost ourselves on Christmas. We went on a quad ride and saw frost beards. I'd never seen anything like them. Very beautiful and delicate. - Margy

  19. Tessa Says:
  20. Gorgeous photographs, Lorac! Thank you so much for stopping by my place and for the lovely, heartwarming Christmas wishes. Hope you're having a most wonderful holiday season in your own particular winter wonderland! Sending you all my love for now and for the fast approaching New Year.

    Tessa xx

  21. Stop by my blog today, I have something you may be interested in...(since I love our photography)...and any of your readers also interested in photography might want to stop by and read my blogpost too!
    Hope you have a great 2010!!


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