“It’s all down to this area of cloud”

Chris Fawkes finally admitted at the start of his afternoon forecast on the BBC that May had been thoroughly wet and cold. None of those tired euphemisms weathercasters so often use to avoid saying the word cold, such as “feeling cool”, “temperatures below par”, “temperatures below where they should be”, “temperatures no great shakes”, “temperatures really struggling”, “temperatures a bit subdued”,”not particularly warm”. It’s a pity he didn’t describe temperatures in May as just plain cold in any of the forecasts of his I heard.

Courtesy of the BBC

He then went onto explain why there was such a large temperature difference between Inverbervie and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, and would you believe it, it’s all down to an area of cloud. Not that the feature is normally called haar or fret by locals all down the North Sea coast – no it’s an area of cloud. There’s no doubt he knows these terms very well, so all I can think is that he was dumbing down his explanation so that everyone could understand – but why? If you live in any of the regions that are affected by this weather phenomenon I’m sure you would already know these terms very well.

A local name in eastern Scotland and parts of eastern England for a sea fog which at times invades coastal districts. Haars occur most frequently in spring and early summer months.

Meteorological Glossary 1991

Sea fret
A local name in parts of north-east England for a sea fog in coastal districts. This is especially a spring and summer feature.

Meteorological Glossary 1991

Advection fog
Fog formed by the passage of relatively warm, moist and stable air over a cool surface. It is associated mainly with cool sea areas, particularly in spring and summer, and may affect adjacent coasts. It may occur also over land in winter, particularly when the surface is frozen or snow-covered sometimes in conjunction with RADIATION FOG. The term is also used to describe pre-existing fog transferred from a distant source which may not necessarily be cooler, e.g. the inland spread of sea fog due to a developing sea-breeze circulation.

Meteorological Glossary 1991
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