We had our first tule fog of the season this morning, most likely an after effect of the intense rain we experienced earlier in the week.
Tule Fog, from Wikipedia:
Tule fog is a thick ground fog that settles in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley areas of California’s Great Central Valley. Tule fog forms during the late fall and winter (California’s rainy season) after the first significant rainfall. The official time frame for tule fog to form is from November 1 to March 31. This phenomenon is named after the tule grass wetlands (tulares) of the Central Valley. Accidents caused by the tule fog are the leading cause of weather-related casualties in California.
When I ride in the fog, I often experience a feeling of isolation, even loneliness. The not unpleasant “bubble of light” sensation that we year around commuters experience while riding in the dark is taken further, to an extreme level, while riding in tule fog. It’s an almost dreamlike sensation that reminds me a bit of swimming underwater after dark in a dimly lit pool. I always feel a little relieved when I arrive at my destination after a long commute in heavy fog.