towering fogs


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During her time in the library, a change had come over the morning. The ocean, far off and unseen in the south, had spawned a towering fog, which now was driven inland by an onshore flow. The sky beyond the Santa Monica Mountains loomed white.
Source: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

What are the characteristics of a towering fog? Aren’t all fogs towering?

Would this pic depict a towering fog?


Gloss (WRF)
onshore Flow: Occurs when air moves from sea to land, and is usually associated wtih increased moisture.
tow•er•ing /ˈtaʊərɪŋ/ adj. [before a noun]
  1. very high or tall;
    lofty:a towering oak.
  2. surpassing others in size or greatness:a towering figure in history.
  3. rising to an extreme degree of violence or intensity:a towering rage.
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  • AnythingGoes

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    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    Fog can be low — even just a couple of feet above the ground — or it can reach hundreds of feet into the sky. Koontz is describing the latter kind.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    A towering fog is a fog that you can seen the bottom and the top of. The bottom is often close to the ocean and the top "towers" into the sky. It is usual that these fogs appear as a bank of fog stretching, at a distance from the shore, over all the visible ocean or at least a good part of it.

    Here's a rather dramatic photo:
    A description and story of another fog bank can be seen at Watch huge bank of fog spread over Lake Michigan
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