Arctic Sea Smoke On Sebago Lake

February 02, 2017

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Photographer: John Stetson
Summary Authors: John Stetson; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a crosswind view, taken from ground level, of sea smoke on Sebago Lake, Maine. Compare it to yesterday's downwind, low aerial perspective. Because the late fall of 2016 and the opening week of 2017 were relatively warm (several degrees above normal), Sebago Lake, at 43 degrees north latitude, hadn't yet frozen over. However, after a polar air mass pushed through the northeastern U.S., the morning temperature on January 9, in the vicinity of the lake, plunged to -6 F (-21 C). The fog that resulted over the much warmer lake, which was close to 32 F (0 C), is sometimes called Arctic sea smoke. Note that the pinkish tinge of the sea smoke is a result of the first rays of morning sunlight reflecting off the fog layer.

Photo Details: Camera Model: NIKON D300; Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8; Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm); Aperture: ƒ/22.0; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 1000; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.