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9/20/2007

Region sees first fog of year

Breaking Earth News
India
Photo: Monks Leading a Cow Through the Fog

Sounds strange, but it’s true. On Wednesday morning, Ambala in Haryana, and from Zirakpur to Ludhiana in Punjab experienced poor visibility due to fog. For the past three days, Banur residents have been wondering why visibility on roads is low. They have never seen fog in September. "It’s strange despite such high day temperature, there’s fog early in the morning." The air was laden with 95% moisture. Met officials and city-based environmentalists said this climatic condition was ‘RARE’. "Earlier, we had experienced mist and haze during this season, but fog is rare. It’s been happening since the last three days. However, it’s a natural phenomenon. Humidity is present in the atmosphere. Low speed of winds, stable weather and a plunge in the morning temperature make a perfect condition for fog to occur. Fog can also happen because of more moisture in the air and a clear sky." "Abrupt changes in climate are expected. Though fog is rare in September, but it can be due to heat entrapment in atmospheric layers. This is also a result of global climate change."


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