One of my favorite spots in the SF Bay area is on Mount Tamalpais when the fog is rolling in.
45 years ago Scott MacKensie implored us to wear flowers in our hair when visiting San Francisco. What he should have suggested was to bring a coat.
July is here and Fog Season is upon us. July and August are the 2 months of the year that are the foggiest on record. Each month averages more than 160 hours of fog.
Here is a video that Mike Kepka from the San Francisco Chronicle recorded one day last May. He accurately captured what it is like to work on the bridge in the fog.
Click here to see the original article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Here is an amazing time-lapse video of the fog in San Francisco Bay. I can feel the coolness of the fog on the back of my neck as I watch the night shots.
“…She was a favorite craft and one of the best sea boats that plowed the Pacific ocean. She was the home, the pride and the refuge of her officers and crew, and many a tear as salt as the brine that surrounds her shattered hull has coursed unbidden from manly eyes and sprung up involuntarily from the bold and courageous hearts of those whose pride and delight she was, as they have gazed on the last resting place of the gallant Tennessee.” –Daily Alta California, March 9, 1853
The early morning hours of March 6, 1853 saw a thick fog settle in along the coast of Northern California as the S.S. Tennessee steamed towards the entrance to San Francisco Bay, some 100 miles away. Approaching from the South, after leaving Panama on February 19th, Captain E. Mellus continued on using dead reckoning to reach Mile Rock, about 2 miles Southwest of the Golden Gate. Continue reading
It was a foggy day at the bridge today and our “iconic” fog horns were on all shift. Click here for a wonderful explanation of the speed of sound by Shawn Lani of the Exploratorium and a practical way that you can judge a distance in San Francisco by using the sound of the Golden Gate Bridge fog horns.
Listen to Jim Mcknight, Chief Electrician at the Golden Gate Bridge, talk to KCBS about operating the fog horns on the bridge: Golden Gate Bridge Foghorn Operator Enjoys Blasting Signature SF Sound
Click here for a San Francisco Chronicle newspaper article on the fog horns at the bridge.