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What is the name of the SF Fog?

Last Updated: 15th May, 2020

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The shallow fog that often engulfs San Francisco and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge goes simply as Karl, and has a Twitter account, @KarlTheFog. How fun is that? San Francisco is famous for its fog.

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Also know, what do they call the fog in San Francisco?

How the Bay Area's Fog Came to Be Named Karl. If you live in the Bay Area, you may know that our perennial fog has a name — Karl. “In the beginning the fog was a little oppressive," says Kristie Tappan, who moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada.

Similarly, why is SF so foggy? The Northern California climate gets very hot, especially in the summer, creating a low-pressure zone. San Francisco, on the other hand, is surrounded by water on three sides. The hot air rises, creating a vacuum for the cold, high-pressure, moisture-filled ocean air to rush in – hence, the fog.

Secondly, where does the fog come from in San Francisco?

As the hot inland air rises, the cool ocean breeze off the Pacific replaces it, creating the fog effect. This flow of air to the low-pressure zone over Northern California's Central Valley pulls the fog through the Golden Gate passage and into San Francisco Bay.

What is the fog called in California?

Tule fog /ˈtuːliː/ is a thick ground fog that settles in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley areas of California's Central Valley. Tule fog is the leading cause of weather-related accidents in California.

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