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steam fog

noun, Meteorology
fog caused by cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, the vapor condensing in small convective columns near the water surface and giving the appearance of smoke or steam.
Also called sea smoke. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • steam fog occurs over bodies of water, as warm, moist air quickly condenses after rising from the surface of the water.
  • steam fog forms when cold air moves over warm water.
  • The steam fog signal warns mariners away from the dangerous waters.

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