The reason cellular signal is so bad in poor weather is because raindrops and water vapor reflect radio waves and convert them into heat energy before they can reach your phone. The same goes for clouds, snow, and fog. wilsonamplifiers.com/blog…
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
In 1945 a B-25 Bomber got lost in the fog and crashed into the Empire State Building. pbs.org/opb/historydetect…
The Golden Gate Bridge's famed color, "International Orange" selected by architect Irving Morrow for aesthetics and for visibility in fog, won out over the US Navy's preferred color scheme. The Navy wanted it black with yellow safety stripes --the better for ships to see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that disperses substances into the air to increase precipitation (rain or snow) and serve as hail and fog suppression. It is widely practiced around ski resorts and airports. science.sciencemag.org/co…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
Astronomer Thomas Harriot observed the Sun directly through a telescope and left nearly 200 drawings of sunspots from the period 1610–1612. To protect his eyes, he took advantage of mist and fog to dim the Sun's brightness www2.hao.ucar.edu/Educati…
The unit of measuring cloud cover is called an Okta, and goes from 0 (not a cloud in the sky) to 9 (sky obscured by fog or other meteorological phenomena) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okt…
Lima is the second largest desert city after Cairo. The city faces acute water shortage due to very low precipitation. To solve their water shortage issues, the locals use meshed fog catchers made of bamboo frames to harvest water from the thick sea fog that covers Lima all year round. theguardian.com/global-de…
A soccer/football game in the UK was canceled shortly after it began due to heavy fog, everyone left except goalkeeper Sam Bartram who didn't hear the referee and guarded his goal in silence for 15 minutes before a policeman came and told him of the cancellation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Today I learned about fogbows, which are like rainbows, but rarer and made from smaller droplets of water.Because the water droplets in fog are so small, fogbows have only weak colors or are colorless. earthsky.org/earth/what-i…
Today I learned about elevator operator Betty Oliver, who survived a 75-story fall from the Empire State Building in 1945 when a B-25 crashed into it due to fog. 3 crewman and 11 people in the building died. Betty, who died in 1999, still holds the Guinness World Record for longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Marine fog inputs appear to increase methylmercury bioaccumulation in a coastal terrestrial food web nature.com/articles/s4159…
A B-25 Mitchell crashed into the side of the Empire State Building resulting in 14 deaths. Cause of the crash was zero visibility due to heavy fog nypost.com/2015/07/27/whe…
In 1937 a football match was interrupted due to fog. But the goalkeeper stood there for 20 minutes without knowing it. espn.in/football/columns/…
The first non-stop transatlantic flight happened in 1919. A modified WWI bomber with an open cockpit took off from Newfoundland, Canada with a crew of two. They almost spiraled into the ocean twice in heavy fog, had to climb onto the wings to clear ice, and landed in a bog in Connemara, Ireland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned about Operation Cottage, the Allied invasion of the Aleutian Island Kiska during WWII, which had been captured by the Japanese. 34000 troops spent two days securing the island amidst heavy fog, losing 300 men. But they weren't fighting anyone - the Japanese had left three weeks prior. ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Join…
Difference between fog and mist. Fog applies when you can't see 1 km away, while mist means you can see further. bristolpost.co.uk/news/br…
There are white rainbows, called fog bows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Mars only gets close enough to Earth to give up much detail just once every 780 days. It’s the only planet to reveal an appreciable amount of surface detail in a small telescope, and it also features occasional surprises such as dust storms and local fogs and cloud banks cosmicpursuits.com/2183/h…
A "London Fog" was yellow smog so thick you couldn't see the ground. These "pea soupers" often carried toxic chemicals and one in 1952 killed 4,000 people in five days. Due to the Clean Air Act the last London Fog was in 1962. nytimes.com/2015/11/08/op…
There are white rainb9ws that appear in fog. bbc.co.uk/weatherwatchers…
In London in 1952, a moist layer of fog mixed with chimney smoke to create deadly, thick smog that killed at least four thousand people. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
Today I learned about the Tenerife Airport Disaster when, on a day in which there was fog heavy enough to reduce visibility to less than 500 yards, two Boeing 747s had a head-on collision at the runway that resulted in 583 casualties and the deadliest accident in aviation history. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
In 1945 a B-25 accidentally crashed into the Empire State Building due to thick fog. It caused 14 deaths and 1 million USD in repairs (14 million USD today). nationalinterest.org/blog…
Golden Gate Bridge is named after the strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The bridge's orange color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge's visibility in fog. wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden…
Tule Fog is a phenomenon which occurs only in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, spanning over 400 miles, reducing visibility to near zero, and sometimes lasting for weeks on end. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tule_f…
Much like smoke + fog form smog, volcanic ash + fog form "vog." lung.org/our-initiatives/…
The deadliest accident in aviation history happened on the ground, when two 747s collided on the runway during heavy fog en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
The famous fog that San Francisco is known for, has a name: Karl. Karl has an Instagram page with 241 thousand followers. kqed.org/news/11682057/ho…
In the original Silent Hill video game, the fog covering the town was put in the game because of hardware limitations. Covering the town in fog meant that only the area surrounding the player at any given moment needed to be rendered engadget.com/2012/10/31/k…
Today I learned of FIDO, which burned 100,000+ gallons per hour of gasoline to clear fog for landing aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was not originally going to be painted orange. The orange color was only supposed to be for a sealant and was to be painted with black and yellow stripes to ensure visibility by passing ships. The orange color worked better for fog so it was kept instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
There is about 56,000 gallons of water in one cubic mile of fog. wxguys.ssec.wisc.edu/2011…
During WW2 Britain needed a way to clear fog from its airfields, they developed the FIDO system which pumped petrol down the edges of a runway and burned it to evaporate the fog. A system used over 450,000 litres of fuel per hour and the glow from the flames could be seen from 100km away. amusingplanet.com/2018/06…
During WW2, there was an Edinburgh derby (in soccer/football) that was so foggy, neither the commentator or the spectators knew what was going on. The commentator couldn't mention the fog, incase Germans were listening. He described a fake game but under the fog it ended 6-5. scotsman.com/sport/footba…
Today I learned of the Brocken Spectre, an atmospheric condition in which the sun casts a person’s shadow onto fog or clouds, making the shadow appear enormous, otherworldly, and ringed with a rainbow halo. earthsky.org/earth/what-i…
Stenocara is a species of beetle that is native to the Namib Desert of southern Africa. This is one of the most arid areas of the world, receiving only 1.4 centimetres (0.55 in) of rain per year. The beetle is able to survive by collecting water on its bumpy back surface from early morning fogs. youtu.be/TmyfqjXOf7M
Today I learned about the Fog Bowl, an NFL game in 1988 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears had a fog rollover so dense that the fans couldn’t see the players and the refs had to call what happened after every play because the players couldn’t even see the sidelines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Today I learned of the 1948 Donora Death Fog, where a thick toxic smog sickened 7000 people and killed 20 in Donora, PA. The smog originated from a U.S. Steel plant, but they never accepted responsibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
In 1950 'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco by the US military in a germ-warfare simulation and Nuremberg Code violation that utilized the Bay Area's iconic fog to help spread two kinds of bacteria over the city. businessinsider.com/the-m…
12,000 Londoners died over 4 days in 1952 when a fog of pollution rolled in, leading to Great Britain's Clean Air Act. today.tamu.edu/2016/11/14…
Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim across the English Channel, attempted to cross the Catalina Channel. Unfortunately the fog was dense, limiting her vision, and after 16 hours of swimming she gave up. Later she found out she was one mile away from achieving her goal before she quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
When Dave Grohl broke his leg during Foo Fighters' tour, he performed the remainder of the tour on a specially designed throne - an idea that came to him in an OxyContin-induced fog. rollingstone.com/music/ne…
Prior to the September 11 attacks, there had been only one known case of an elevator entering a free fall which was in 1945 when a B-25 bomber took a wrong turn in fog and crashed into the Empire State Building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
There was an NFL playoff game where the fog was so thick that the players couldn't even see the sidelines, and the fans couldn't see the field. The refs had to announce what happened after every play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Due to rapidly descending and dense fog in California there was a 198 car pile up that stretched longer than a mile. While 41 people were injured, absolutely none were killed. Response teams and civilians alike recall the sounds of cars continually crashing for about 15 minutes. articles.latimes.com/2002…
The year 1816 was referred to as the "Year Without a Summer" due to global cooling from a volcano eruption the year before. Snow fell in July and the Northeast U.S. was enveloped in an orange fog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…

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