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CORDERO'S CORNER: What is the Difference between Fog and Mist?

CORDERO'S CORNER: What is the Difference between Fog and Mist?
Posted at 11:26 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 11:26:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Every Tuesday on WTXL Sunrise, you'll be able to have one of your own weather questions answered by Meteorologist Alex Cordero.

This week, our question comes from Jordan Rains, from Tallahassee, Florida

His question: "What is the difference between fog and mist?"

The answer is that they're both technically the same thing. Fog and mist are defined as water droplets suspended in the air. When the winds are light, and there is enough moisture present, fog and mist can both form.

There is a big difference though, and the answer is visibility! The suspension of water droplets in the air would be considered fog if the visibility that results from it is less than a 1/4 mile. Mist isn't as dense and the visibility range is much greater, extending up to 7 miles!

Mist can often be confused with extremely light rain that resembles mist, but if the water you see falling from clouds is indeed falling, then it is rain. Pure and simple.

Remember you can send your questions to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or send them to ACORDERO@WTXL.TV