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Kentucky Color: Fogged up on a frost

Old folks said that phenomenon we saw this morning means falling weather within three days.
The next earlier Kentucky Color First Frost Flowers November 28, 2010

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

It indeed "fogged up on a frost" at Old Concord Church on Hwy 704 just East of the intersection with Sparksville Road (Hwy 768 West). The sun was slowly burning away the fog as I photographed an eerie but nonetheless softly, beautiful scene which accompanies this Kentucky Color.

The "old folks" used to say that when it fogged up on a frost there would be falling weather within 3 days and sure enough right on queue, it rained this morning.

We sometimes forget that our forefathers had no instant access to weather forecasts or the ability to see the entire surface of the earth in order to collect data to feed into a computer to generate a weather forecast. Satellites and computers were not even on their radar screens. In fact, radar screens weren't even on their radar screens.

The only way they had to predict the weather was to draw on their personal observations and historical observations of indicators found in the natural world around them. Red at night sailors delight, red in the morning sailor take warning; circles around the moon; mare tails; sun dogs and croaking or lack of croaking of tree frogs are other examples of natural indicators.

We know how important accurate forecasting of weather is for us to protect ourselves from tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, etc. However, for our families of the past, just planting the garden or crops too late or early could have life or death consequences for them.

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Kentucky Color: Fogged on a frost means falling weather

2010-11-30 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. Old Concord United Methodist Church, 5996 Fairplay RD, Columbia, KY
The Church was hardly visible through the fog, even though the morning sun showed over the treetops this morning, November 30, 2010, when this photo was taken. It's a sign, the oldtimers said, that the temperature will be falling within three days.

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