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Wesla English explains the 'cloud' that’s currently enveloping Okanagan Lake

If you have any kind of view of Okanagan Lake today, you’ve probably admired the massive "cloud" that’s shrouded the water.

We certainly admired the phenomenon from the 16th floor of Landmark 6, so we reached out to NowMedia meteorologist Wesla English for an explanation.

As it turns out, it's technically not even classified as a cloud.

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia

She explained to us that what we’re seeing is steam fog and it happens when cold air moves across relatively warm water, causing the water to evaporate into the air right above.

“The air is then cooled and because cold air cannot hold moisture as well as warm air, condensation happens and fog is formed,” English explained, adding the following example.

“On a cold day, when you breathe out of your mouth, you can see your breath. When you do the same thing on a warm day, you cannot see your breath.”

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia

So there you have it, explained by the Okanagan’s weather expert herself!

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