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Fog Facts for Kids

This web page contains fog facts for kids and is a great resource for anyone of any age researching fog. Our goal is to provide you with the latest and most accurate fog facts from scientific sources. In addition to fog facts, you'll find some pictures of foggy conditions and additional resources for researching fog.

The fog facts listed below will help you learn what fog is, how fog is able to form, where fog commonly forms, the different types of fog, and other useful fog facts. We hope these facts about fog are helpful and help you learn more about this misty meteorological event.

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13 Fog Facts for Kids

  1. Fog is caused by tiny droplets of water and/or ice crystals that are suspended in the air near the ground.
  2. Fog is able to form when the dew point and air temperature difference is less than 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.5 Celsius).
  3. Fog that forms at a higher altitude will form a stratus cloud.
  4. Relative humidity will be at or near 100% at the ground level when fog forms.
  5. Fog is common near large bodies of water and valleys.
  6. Fog can produce precipitation, like rain (drizzle) and light snow.
  7. There are ten types of fog. They are advection fog, evaporation fog, freezing fog, frontal fog, ground fog, hail fog, ice fog, precipitation fog, radiation fog, and upslope fog.
  8. Fog can create hazardous driving conditions by reducing visibility.
  9. The National Weather Service issues a dense fog advisory when widespread fog is developing or already has developed.
  10. The National Weather Service issues a freezing fog advisory when widespread fog is developing or already has developed, along with ground temperatures at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius).
  11. Newfoundland, Canada is widely considered one of the foggiest place on Earth. On average, they experience 200+ foggy days in a year.
  12. A fog machine, used commonly during Halloween or at parties, is used to create artificial fog.
  13. George Washington on August 27th, 1776, used heavy fog to safely retreat from the British during the Battle of Long Island. This prevented heavy casualties during a crucial point of the American War for Independence.

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