News and views from north Bristol's urban village

Monday, 6 November 2006

Fog After Fireworks

Ever wondered why it is often foggy after Bonfire Night?

A colleague who used to be a meterologist recently explained the link to me. Apparently, the large amount of ash, dust and soot in the atmosphere acts as a catalyst on a cold night for the formation of mist and fog droplets.

I may not have grasped the details of the science quite correctly, but I learned enough to appreciate more profoundly that the link between human action and the weather is a real one.

Having never lived anywhere where the population is quite so obsessed with releasing fireworks at the slightest provocation, I now understand why today (Monday) was a foggy day in Westbury on Trym. It's all because of Guy Fawkes.

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