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Dense Fog This Morning Along the Gulf Coast

27 Dec 2016, 10:21 am

Areas of dense fog have been reported this morning in several areas along the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston, TX has seen the most persistent fog, occurring yesterday as well as this morning. Near zero visibility has slowed travelers and boat traffic.

At times, the fog stretched back to near Houston with low visibility. Dense Fog Advisories continue through midday and may need to be extended into the afternoon.

Fog has also been reported around New Orleans, with low visibility throughout the Big Easy.

Fog was also reported along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Alabama and Mississippi. Fog was found in a few areas along the Atlantic Ocean in parts of Florida and northward to North Carolina.

Some interior areas from Georgia to North Carolina saw the visibility drop under a mile. Improvement has been seen throughout this region in the last couple of hours.

The low visibility along the waters this morning was due to sea fog.  It forms when warm, moist air flows over the relatively colder waters. If the dew point rises higher than the water temperature, fog will likely form over the water. Sea or lake fog can occur over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and other bodies of water. You can find more details on the different types of fog from the National Weather Service at this link.

For WeatherNation:  Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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