Fog Facts for Kids

A Picture of Foggy Conditions

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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14 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 forms when the dew point and air temperature difference is less than 4 °F (2.5 °C).
  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. It’s dangerous to drive a car in fog, it can create hazardous driving conditions by reducing visibility.
  9. If you have to drive through fog, turn on your headlights, reduces your driving speed and keep more space between you and the car in front of you.
  10. The National Weather Service issues an alert called a dense fog advisory when widespread fog is developing or already has developed.
  11. The National Weather Service issues an alert called a freezing fog advisory when widespread fog is developing or already has developed, along with ground temperatures at or below 32 °F (0 °C).
  12. Newfoundland, Canada is widely considered one of the foggiest places on Earth. On average, Newfoundland experiences over 200 foggy days every year.
  13. A fog machine, used commonly during Halloween or at parties, is used to create artificial fog.
  14. 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.

Additional Resources for Fog Research

  • Fog (Wikipedia) – Get more fog facts for kids and other useful information about fog on the Wikipedia website.
  • Fog Facts – Some interesting fog facts from the Farmer’s Almanac website.
  • Fog Advisories – Learn about fog advisories on the National Weather Service website.