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I was watching my dude Joey Marino on Eyewitness News, and he used the term "rime." Then he said it again, and Candice said rime and then....O.K. hold up, I will admit I was not familiar with the weather term.

I asked the "Queen of the Castle," so....what is rime? Did she know, of course she did.

Am I alone in this? I have no problem admitting when I don't know a certain word or term, but I guess I better get used to this one.

From Webster

Rime - an accumulation of granular ice tufts on the windward sides of exposed objects that is formed from supercooled fog or cloud and built out directly against the wind.

So basically ice covered stuff...Look at the awesome pic captured by Joe Navickis, that is rime on the branches. It's easy for me to just say, yah...look at the ice. I've improved my vocab by one word, "rime."

Now hold up, a very important question I know you are asking yourself...what's the difference between "rime ice" and "hoar frost?" You can add your own joke to that one.

It turns out that "hoar frost" only happens on cold and clear nights. So yes the "hoar" only comes out at night, you're welcome.

So the next time you are having a weather related talk around the water cooler, bring up the lovely rime.

 

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