Last Saturday was one of the most stunning exhibitions of hoarfrost, also known as white frost, that I have seen in a while.
Hoarfrost is frozen dew that flocks all the trees, shrubs and plants in its path.
Hoarfrost develops when a cold surface (anything outside in Minnesota in the winter!) is exposed for a long period of time to humid air. It’s basically meteorologic happenstance. I recall several great ones in my 44 years in the North.
Last Saturday, I was making the drive out to my mom’s in Gaylord, cruising along Highway 212 and 5 west. The hoarfrost was an art exhibit along the way, stunning and sparkling as I went. I was driving in my own snowglobe.
It is one of the things that gets us through a long Minnesota winter.