Angry Frost

We've seen some interesting and beautiful sights recently with this latest cold snap. Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick shows you some awesome pictures of frost and how it formed.

We've seen some interesting and beautiful sights recently with this latest cold snap.

I received a photo from one of my blog readers, Jeff Spradlin of Franklin Furnace, Ohio.  He sent me this photo, pictured below of what he calls "angry frost!"  I agree, it' looks like a mean frost to get off the car.

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Jeff also writes: "I went out early Sunday morning to warm up our vehicle for church, and I noticed it was covered in what I call "Angry Frost". Hopefully you can see in the picture attached the way the frost formed overnight. Some of the "blades" of frost look to be about an eighth to a quarter of an inch tall. My question; Why does the frost form this way? I know it is not rare, but it doesn't seem to be that common either. I told my wife I call it angry frost because it looks "mean", and probably is mad because it got so cold that night (-0.4 at our home in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Lol)."

This type of frost forms when it's very cold and you have high relative humidity.  Being near the Ohio River helped this thick frost form these ice crystals.

Another form of unusual frost is called rime frost or rime ice.  Below are a couple photos I took last January of rime frost on my mailbox.

This type of frost is a little unusual for our region.  It also forms when the temperatures is below 10 degrees and the relative humidity is high. 

On average our last frost comes in mid May so we have plenty more frosty nights ahead.

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