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 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 on a frigid January 19, 2012. (Robin Rowland)
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 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 almost hides the Hansa Heavy Lift Ship Venice tied up at the dock. (Robin Rowland)
Another view of sea smoke in Kitimat harbour, the Hansa Heavy Lift Ship Venice with Mt. Elizabeth in the background (Robin Rowland)
Wyett Danes, one year old, drums in the arms of his mother, Mary Danes, both members of the Hartley Bay Dancers, as their procession enters the recreation centre at Kitamaat Village, BC, May 29, 2010. Traditional dancing followed a day long “Solidarity Gathering of Nations” sponsored by the Haisla and Gita’at First Nations, called to protest plans by Enbridge to build a bitumen pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the nearby port of Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)
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While much of the rest of British Columbia is being hammered by a winter storm today, the microclimate of Kitimat, BC, has so far, produced a cold, clear and beautiful morning.
The mountains to the west, shot from my front porch shortly after 9 a.m. PT this morning as the sun was coming up over the mountains to the east.
After three weeks of constant rain, triggered by one Pineapple Express weather system after another, the sun finally began come out late last week and I was able to shoot some of the spectacular fall colours around my new (and old) hometown of K|itimat.
While northwestern British Columbia is mainly forested by conifers, poplars and other deciduous trees hug the river banks and often appear in small groves on the mountain slopes.
So after three weeks of this (which a lot of long term residents say is unusual even for Kitimat)
The sun finally came out and you could see the spectacular yellow along the Kitimar River.
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