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Why did sea fog blanket Tampa Bay this morning?

Here's why fog isn't expected tonight.

Sea fog blanketed much of Tampa Bay this morning. This is a time of year when sea fog is more likely to develop, as our coastal waters are getting relatively cool.

Sea fog forms when warm, moist air moves over colder water and cools to its dew point temperature, causing the air to saturate -- producing the fog. Our coastal waters are near 70 degrees around Tampa Bay. Southwest winds, however, have been blowing warmer and more humid air over this water, cooling that air enough to produce the thick fog. 

A cold front pushed through Tampa Bay this afternoon, bringing drier air over our waters. This drier air means fog should not develop again tonight. However, Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins says sea fog will be possible again Friday night into Saturday.

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