Sea smoke at Kitimat on a frigid Jan. 19, 2012

Sea Smoke over Kitmat Jan 19 2012

Sea smoke rises over the Kitimat, BC, harbour on Jan 19, 2012. (Robin Rowland)

Thursday January 19, 2012 was a frigid day in Kitimat, BC. It was -23 C with a windchill of -38. The warm fresh water from the Kitimat River, flowing into the harbour, was caught between the cold ocean water in the harbour and the frigid air, creating the sea smoke.

Sea smoke at Kitimat harbour, Jan. 19, 2012

Sea smoke blankets Kitimat harbour on a frigid Jan, 19, 2012 (Robin Rowland)

 

Sea smoke usually hugs the surface of the water. On the morning of January 19, the wind caught the sea smoke, sending columns high into the air.

Columns of sea smoke rise from Kitimat harbour

Columns of sea smoke rise from Kitimat harbour on a frigid January 19, 2012. (Robin Rowland)

Sea smoke mushroom cloud over Kitimat

At one point, the wind catches the sea smoke, creating a mushroom cloud over Kitimat harbour. (Robin Rowalnd)

 

The sea smoke drifts across Kitimat harbour.

Sea smoke at Nechako dock Kitimat harbour

Sea smoke hugs the Nechako dock at Kitimat, BC, surrounding the tug Smit Cecil and obscuring an empty barge anchored off the dock. (Robin Rowland)

Sea smoke at Kitimat harbour

Sea smoke almost hides the Hansa Heavy Lift Ship Venice tied up at the dock. (Robin Rowland)

Sea  smoke in Kitimat harbour

Another view of sea smoke in Kitimat harbour, the Hansa Heavy Lift Ship Venice with Mt. Elizabeth in the background (Robin Rowland)