Fog on the Rother

Fog in Midhurst West Sussex

Fog all day, but not on The South Downs

This foggy view isn’t unusual over Midhurst and the Rother Valley. It’s a temperature inversion in the atmosphere. As air rises it normally gets colder, but if the temperature is only a couple of °C and there’s no breeze and clear skies, the reverse can happen and the air nearest to the ground gets stuck there – trapped under a layer of warmer air above it.

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Mist on the South Downs

Harting Village West Sussex

The view from Harting Down

The view from Harting Down on The South Downs at 7:00am on my Tuesday morning drive to the office. You’ve got to marvel at English weather and the English countryside sometimes! The fog settles in the low lying areas whilst the top of the Downs is sitting in sunshine. It’s quite an odd sight but it’s not unusual and doesn’t last for very long. The convenient thing about this situation is that there’s a National Trust car park at the top of the South Downs – so no need to hike up the hill first thing in the morning!