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Term: Frost smoke Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Fog-like clouds, due to the contact of cold air with relatively warm water, which appear over newly-formed leads, or leeward of the ice edge, and which may persist while new ice is forming.  NSIDCCryosphere 

Sea ice terminology that describes fog-like clouds that are formed when cold air and relatively warm water come in contact with each other. Frost smoke can appear over openings in the ice or leeward of the ice edge, and may persist while ice is forming.  ECCCanada 

A rare type of fog formed in the same manner as a steam fog, but at colder temperatures so that it is composed of ice particles instead of water droplets. Thus, it is a type of ice fog. (Sometimes called barber.)  AMSglossary 

Fog-like clouds, due to the contact of cold air with relatively warm water, which appear over newly-formed leads, or leeward of the ice edge, and which may persist while new ice is forming.  SPRI 

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