What: Ryan and I went on a Centennial Woods wander early this morning right as the sun was coming over the Greens. The grass soaked our feet, and everything under the powerlines was covered with dew; a steamy mist was rising up from the ground and the forest had a beautiful glow.
Ecological notes: We had really warm weather yesterday (in the 80s, and an afternoon rainshower) and it was relatively warm at night, cooling significantly by about 4am. Dew forms when heat radiates off an object and moisture in the air condenses out as it cools (like when droplets form on a cool glass of lemonade). The rate of condensation has to be quicker than rate of evaporation. So you wouldn't expect to get dew when:
- it's windy (increased rate of evaporation),
- dry (not enough moisture to condense out),
- there's little difference in temperature between the surface of an object and the air
- when it's super sunny or when it's cloudy
Where: Centennial Woods
Other notes: The jewelweed is in full bloom right now, providing some wonderful late season nourishment for bees and hummingbirds.