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Rime ice covered the trees along Skyline Drive this morning

A friend passed along this story about a beautiful covering of rime ice along Skyline Drive west of Washington DC. Rime ice is formed when the air is cool and moist and when the temperature drops to below freezing super-cooled water droplets condense right on contact with the cold trees. The rime ice may not last long since as the sun comes up and temperatures go above freezing, the ice “evaporates” back into the air or melts and drips off. You can read more at here.

Rime Ice at Big Meadows (Credit: Larry W. Brown)