Fog Facts for Kids – 5 Fun Facts about Fog

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Foggy days are not probably safe to go out. But why it is happening?! Let’s learn five fun fog facts for kids.

Fog Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Water Is Suspended in The Air

Fog happens when water is suspended in the air and it prevents you from being able to see very far. It is a thicker form of mist, which means you can’t see 1000 metres away. Some fog is so thick you wouldn’t be able to see your own hands.

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Fog Facts for Kids: Highway during a foggy day

Fog Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Coastal Redwood Tree

The Coastal Redwood tree is the tallest type of tree in the world. They usually stand between 200 and 240 feet tall but some have been measured to be as tall as 350 feet! That’s taller than Big Ben in London and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

These trees need lots of water to make food as they are so big and they can’t get enough from just their roots like normal trees do. They instead use their leaves. The leaves on a coastal redwood are very big and can catch water from the air. The water then drips down to give the roots more water but that’s not the only way they help the tree. They are the only type of tree that is able to drink water through their leaves. That’s a very clever tree.

Fog Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Fogbows

Rainbows are caused by light travelling through large raindrops and bending light to make colours. Fogbows are a cousin of the rainbow which are sometimes called white rainbows or cloud bows. They are created when light from the sun travels through much smaller raindrops. The smaller raindrops don’t bend the light in the same way so the fogbow is white in colour but has the same arch shape as a rainbow.

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A photo of fogbow

Fog Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Fog Machines

Filling the stage with fog can make a play seem spooky or magical and this is done by using fog machines. Fog machines use very hot or very cold liquid to create fake fog which can interact with light to change the way the stage looks. Some people even have smaller fog machines which they use in haunted houses or Halloween parties to make the place extra spooky.

Fog Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Collecting Water from Fog

Some places around the world are very dry and that can make it hard to find drinking water. In Peru they have found a way to collect water from fog. They hang up large nets and when the wind blows the mist through them the water collects on the net until the drops are big enough to fall and be collected below. How clever!

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A photo showing a net for collecting water from fog

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about fog as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how majestic the fogs are, you can move on to learn more about our amazing Earth like: Wind, Earthquakes, Tornadoes and Rain.

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