St. Petersburg, Florida -- Morning and afternoon fog created a struggle for drivers on their way to work and on their way home the last few days.
"We see it in the morning because the air temperature is now closer to the dew point, but that sticks around because we get more of a southerly flow of air to push it on shore," explained 10 News Meteorologist Bobby Deskins.
"Sea fog is all about the moisture coming in from the south and the west from that air mass and cooling over those cooler shelf waters. That makes the sea fog, then the sea breeze blows it on shore. Right now, we have a combination of evection fog, also known as sea fog, which we are using in this case or radiation fog which we will see from our inland location, when there are clear skies, light winds, and no clouds. Fog came in at 5:00 p.m. because the air is so warm by 5:00 p.m. and the sea breeze moves inland."
Road conditions were a problem this week as well for drivers.
"From my tower cameras in the morning, I could barely see the highways," said 10 News Road Warrior Holley Sinn. "I spotted so many accidents and those cars are hard to see when it's completely foggy."
Florida Highway Patrol recommends these tips for driving in the fog:
- Do not drive with your flashers on, it is illegal and it makes other drivers believe your vehicle is stopped or in distress.
- Reduce your speed, fog can create the illusion things are moving slowly when they are not
- Use only your low beams, if you were to use your high beams then the light reflects off the fog and can make it even harder to see.
- If you cannot see at all, pull far over the road to the right, when possible. Roll down your window to listen for cars coming by so you know when it is safe to get back on it once the roadway has cleared up.