Hong Kong Fog

Hong Kong Fog

Hong Kong Fog

Hong Kong is a stunning city with world famous skyline surrounded by mountains and water.  This is the perfect recipe for fog when the weather suddenly changes.  Typically this happens in the spring time and one or two times a year one gets some simply stunning views of Hong Kong in the clouds.  Not to be confused with haze or low clouds that can happen much more during the Autumn and winter months.

Fog can happen in the fall but it really is a rare beast.  I happened to witness and capture such fog on November 26th 2012 during sunrise and its also included in my Blu-ray time lapse production “This is Hong Kong”  Hong Kong fog is simply stunning and below is my present and ongoing collection of fog images.  I’ve included more information about what creates fog in Hong Kong below the images.

  • Hong Kong Splitting Clouds - Fog
    Hong Kong Splitting Clouds - Fog
  • Hong Kong Epic Autumn Fog
    Hong Kong Epic Autumn Fog
  • Hong Kong Victoria Harbour Cloud
    Hong Kong Victoria Harbour Cloud
  • Hong Kong Morning Magic
    Hong Kong Morning Magic
  • Hong Kong Foggy Magic Hour Panoramic
    Hong Kong Foggy Magic Hour Panoramic
  • Hong Kong Fog Rolling In
    Hong Kong Fog Rolling In
  • Hong Kong Spring Morning Fog
    Hong Kong Spring Morning Fog
  • Hong Kong After The Fireworks Clouds Panoramic
    Hong Kong After The Fireworks Clouds Panoramic
  • Hong Kong First Light of Day
    Hong Kong First Light of Day
  • Low Clouds over Hong Kong Victoria Harbour
    Low Clouds Over Hong Kong
  • Boats in the Clouds - Fog over Hong Kong Waters
    Boats in the Clouds
  • Fog Rising Over Kowloon Bay Hong Kong
    Morning Fog Over Kowloon Bay
  • Blend of Time - Hong Kong Golden Day Out of Fog
    Golden Day Out of Fog
  • Hong Kong Spring to Night
    Spring to Night
  • Blend of Time - Hong Kong Golden Day Out of Fog
    Spectacular Foggy Sunrise
  • Hong Kong Skyline Touching Clouds
    Hong Kong Skyline Touching Clouds
  • Kowloon City From Kowloon Peak
    Kowloon City From Kowloon Peak
  • Sai Kung Under A Blanket of Clouds
    Sai Kung Under A Blanket of Clouds
  • Hong Kong Purple Skies and Fog from the Peak
    Hong Kong Purple Fog Rising
  • Peak Sunrise as Never Seen Before
    Peak Sunrise as Never Seen Before
  • Hong Kong Stunning Fog Sunrise
    Hong Kong Stunning Fog Sunrise
  • Hong Kong Fog Rolling In Magic
    Hong Kong Fog Rolling In Magic
  • Hong Kong Extra Magic Hour
    Hong Kong Extra Magic Hour
  • City in the Clouds
    City in the Clouds
  • Hong Kong Under Low Clouds Panoramic
    Hong Kong Under Low Clouds Panoramic
  • Hong Kong Under Clouds at Night
    Hong Kong Under Clouds at Night
  • Hong Kong In The Clouds
    Hong Kong In The Clouds
  • Hong Kong Kowloon Bay Crawling Fog
    Hong Kong Kowloon Bay Crawling Fog
  • Hong Kong Fog Engulfing City
    Hong Kong Fog Engulfing City
  • Hong Kong and Kowloon Under Clouds
    Hong Kong and Kowloon Under Clouds
  • Dai Mo Fog Over Hong Kong From the Peak
    Dai Mo- Fog over Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong First Light of Day
    Hong Kong First Light of Day
  • Hong Kong Foggy Morning over Kowloon From the Peak Stunning Wow Unbelieveable
    Hong Kong Fog
  • Hong Kong Fog OVer Kowloon
    Incredible Foggy Morning Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Fog at Sunset
    Hong Kong Fog at Sunset
  • Hong Kong Fog from Sky 100
    Hong Kong Fog from Sky 100
  • Hong Kong Fog Panoramic
    Hong Kong Fog Panoramic
  • Hong Kong Fog Over Victoria Harbour (Monotone)
    Hong Kong Fog Over Victoria Harbour (Monotone)
  • Hong Kong After The Firework Skyline
  • Hong Kong Peak Foggy Sunrise Panoramic
  • Sky100 Sunset Above the Clouds
    Sky100 Sunset Above the Clouds
  • Sunset Above the Clouds
    Sunset Above the Clouds

Fog occurs when there are light wind, stable and humid conditions.   When the air near the ground cools down sufficiently its water vapour in the air may condense into tiny water droplets. These droplets reduce the visibility near ground level to under a kilometer. Fog is most common in springtime between February and April based on the Hong Kong Observatory about 6 days per year.  It’s also refereed to as coastal fog as marine traffic around Hong Kong is most effected by it.

In springtime, Hong Kong and surrounding areas are affected by alternate cold and warm air. As cold air from the north recedes, warm and humid air comes in from the South China Sea. During this time, as the water near the coast is still rather cold, the warm and humid air may be cooled sufficiently by the underlying cold water. This results in condensation of water vapour into droplets and hence formation of fog.  It should be noted it’s when that air hits land and especially land with mountains or skyscrapers fog occurs.  Hung Hom that is at the top of Kowloon Bay is one of the more frequent location to be hit with fog.

When the colder air at the surface can raise it’s known as stable conditions as it’s heavier than the warmer thinner air above it.  This is an important part of the creation of fog and also a major contributor when we have haze.

Other than stunning visual images Hong Kong fog can be a major concern for shipping in and around Hong Kong.  One will hear fog horns to alert other boats around them.  In the past there have been coastal accidents during such situations.

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