Fog Advisory

I awoke this morning to find the house dark – far darker than is usual for pre-6:30 a.m. time.

Rain was my thought.

Fog was the reality.

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 
509 AM CDT MON AUG 19 2013

...AREAS OF DENSE FOG THIS MORNING...

.HIGH HUMIDITY AND PARTIALLY CLEAR SKIES HAVE CAUSED AREAS OF FOG
TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING. SOME FOG IS DENSE...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS
NORTH AND WEST OF.... VISIBILITIES WILL VARY CONSIDERABLY
THIS MORNING...WITH GOOD VISIBILITY IN SOME LOCATIONS AND POCKETS
OF NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY IN THICK FOG. DRIVERS SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY
CAUTIOUS THIS MORNING. THE FOG IS EXPECTED TO LIFT BY 9 AM.

* VISIBILITY...CONDITIONS WILL VARY CONSIDERABLY ACROSS THE AREA.
  SOME AREAS WILL BE FINE...WHILE NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY WILL OCCUR
  IN SOME OF THE THICK PATCHES OF FOG.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THIS MORNING.
  DRIVERS SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS AND REMEMBER THAT SCHOOLS ARE IN
  SESSION AND CHILDREN MAY BE PRESENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN...
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

What caused this fog?

According to people who should know (see above), high humidity and partially clearing skies are to blame.

I wonder what causes the fog you and I experience? You know the type I’m referring to.  It’s that fog that no one else can see, but that prevents us from seeing ahead well enough to make clear choices and sound decisions – that keeps us from plowing ahead with confidence.

Emotional instability (aka “tears”) and mental disorientation (aka “confusion”) certainly contribute to foggy realities and the inability to see clearly prohibits our confident move forward.

I’m not just talking about fog generated by depression. I’m also referring to fog that settles in because of confusing situations, lack of understanding or information, misrepresented and incomplete facts, disillusionment, ill-timed discoveries, frustration, fatigue….

Just like with weather related fog, the fog you and I experience can vary – absent one moment and so thick the next that visibility has dwindled to where we can hardly see to put one foot in front of the other.  Top the rise and all looks clear, but down the hill or around the corner you go, and everything’s thick as pea soup.

The weather folks say it like this –

VISIBILITIES WILL VARY CONSIDERABLY
THIS MORNING...WITH GOOD VISIBILITY IN SOME LOCATIONS AND POCKETS
OF NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY

I’ve been out of bed a little under an hour and I can testify that already I’ve encountered varying visibility this morning with pockets of near zero visibility – and I’ve ventured no farther than the coffee pot and my laptop.

I think the wisdom shared by weather folk who know is good advice for me this morning (and for you, too, if foggy conditions exist in some areas) – be especially cautious.

When you can’t see all that’s there, it’s not wise to rush along – snap judgments and quick decisions are best reserved for areas with clear visibility.  Dense fog usually hides something. Rushing ahead could be disastrous – for all concerned.

The advisory above suggests three things:

  1. Slow down
  2. Use your headlights
  3. Leave plenty of distance ahead of you

Good advice for navigating any foggy situations. To elaborate a bit:

  • Don’t jump to conclusions or take actions you may regret when the fog lifts.
  • Seek outside help and advice from anything/anyone with the ability to enlighten.
  • Wait until visibility clears before closing the distance – you don’t want to injure yourself or others.

The good news is – fog lifts.

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