Bitter cold. Blowing snow. Winter is in full force in Wyoming. But with it comes great beauty. That includes the frost, made from morning fog.

In the early morning, the city of Cheyenne looked as if a gentle snow had fallen overnight. As the fog rolled in with the bitter cold and, as it froze, it stuck to anything it could cling.

Okay at this point we have a bit of a problem. See, the name of this weather phenomena sounds like a bad word. People are so easily offended in this day and ages we don't like to take chances. We like to think of ourselves as a family company. So we don't really want to say it out loud.

I'm sure you would like an explanation, so, here it goes: It is called Hoarfrost. Pronounced the same as the more familiar "whore."

48419650_10158138135135200_8614612795477983232_n
loading...

So as not to offend we shall, from this point on, refer to this weather event as "Lady Of The Evening Frost."

While it looks very much like snow Lady Of The Evening Frost is freezing fog.

Moisture in the air brings the interlocking crystal patterns of frost together, building up on tree branches, signs, fences, anything it can stick to.

With a light wind, it will accumulate on the downwind side of objects.

My local photographer friend Tim Mandese took pictures as I dove us around in the early morning light. We had no idea Ladies Of The Evening frost could be so beautiful.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app
48423210_10158138106855200_1381056552324038656_o
loading...
48428294_10158138157395200_8487600613851398144_n
loading...
48429291_10158138106560200_8465557351334674432_o
loading...
49033039_10158138134145200_5833492579349430272_n
loading...
49128235_10158138106280200_4950721090277081088_n
loading...