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Scene: Lake Devils

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Photo by Miles Storey/Torontoist.


WHERE: The shore of Lake Ontario, shot from a car park just east of Ontario Place.
WHEN: 10:24 a.m. on January 23.
WHAT: When temperatures plunge this low—it’s currently –19°C (with a wind chill of –30°C)—bodies of water give off vapour, making the waterfront this morning a very otherworldly place. This effect is called “evaporation fog” or “sea smoke,” and occurs when extremely cold air moves over a warmer body of water. The accelerated evaporation of water into the air causes the moisture to re-condense as visible fog because the air becomes over-saturated. The fog is caught in the upward air currents and swirls into tendrils sometimes called “lake devils” that can reach the equivalent of several stories in height.

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  • Cbab

    Good catch. The last time I was able to get a shot of it was way back in 2005. http://www.fabricated.ca/photo

  • vonbraun

    Awesiiiim

  • http://twitter.com/drostphoto Christopher Drost

    adding a link to a timelapse of the same from a few years back

    http://ow.ly/3JgPU

    and a crazy gorgeous still from last year
    http://ow.ly/3Jh6n

  • http://twitter.com/drostphoto Christopher Drost

    adding a link to a timelapse of the same from a few years back

    http://ow.ly/3JgPU

    and a crazy gorgeous still from last year
    http://ow.ly/3Jh6n