John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
A fog layer was so thick it looked like a snowstorm.
Slap Vaseline-covered goggles onto your face and you'll get a visual approximation of what Dallas looked like earlier today. An immense fog bank had shoved into town overnight, climbing up to the tips of skyscrapers and turning streets into murky brumescapes reminiscent of the survival-horror series Silent Hill.
Many times, such dense fog lifts in the morning heat. But a low-angle winter sun and listless winds conspired to keep the layer of fog around through early afternoon, causing flight delays and gumming up traffic with near-zero visibility. "Cannot see the road in Boyd, TX," said one woman on Facebook. "Will be making my own school delay for my kids safety. It's creepy!" Wrote another man, who posted the video below: "10:50pm tonight looks like a Snow Storm according Security Cams footage. Pretty neat that its fog!"
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Here's some more footage of the fog river rolling through Dallas:
this is such a sick picture of downtown dallas in the fog pic.twitter.com/jDmvVcUO9e— (@nickhendersonn) December 9, 2014