The term "hoarfrost" is derived from the Old English meaning of frost resembling an old man's beard.
With the exception of those who have never ventured out of the tropics, most everyone has witnessed frost during the early-morning hours at some point during the cold weather season. For those that have not, it's that fuzzy ice that forms on the windshield and damages tender flowers and vegetables during the spring and fall.
From a more scientific standpoint, frost or hoarfrost forms when moisture in the air skips the water droplet stage and appears directly as ice crystals on an object in a process called sublimation.
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February 7th, 2024
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