This morning we were going about our morning business when Brent noticed that something looked a little different outside. This time of year we sometimes avoid looking out the window. The weather is fairly monotonous and bleak, and there’s still a long way to go until it changes.
But, as if to teach us a lesson, Mother Nature surprised us. We had our second hoarfrost in as many years – last year it happened on Christmas Day. Locals around here told us last year that there hadn’t been a hoarfrost in decades. So we certainly didn’t expect to see one again in our lifetimes.
People call this phenomena by many names – “hoar frost,” “rime,” “radiation frost.” It’s difficult to categorize frost formations because they’re usually a combination of different types. But generally, large frost crystals form on objects when the objects themselves are colder than the air around it, and the air is “super-saturated,” or humid. What shape they take depends on how cold the ambient temperature is, and whether or not there is a slight breeze.
It’s all very complicated, and we don’t really understand it either. But it doesn’t matter. It’s beautiful. Every single branch in the yard looked as if it had grown leaves overnight. It was like spring – only dressed in all white.
Click on any one of our photos below to begin a slide show, and watch the short video at the bottom. And be sure to check out your window every morning…