Today morning, as various Ugandans hit the road to their respective places of work, they were welcomed by fog. This situation was experienced between 5am to 7am in Kampala and its surrounding towns.
Much as some Ugandans were awed by the fog, lots of businesses were disrupted. Traffic was slowed down due to visibility constraints with some motorists only discovering that their fog lights were faulty at a moment of need. The air transport too wasn’t spared as take-off and landing of some aircrafts at Entebbe International Airport was delayed.
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority has since released statement attributing the FOG to temperature inversion.
“‘FOG is normally caused by having clear and calm night with air saturated at 100% relative humidity with low temperatures than the upper atmosphere.’ ‘The condition this morning was therefore caused by a Temperature Inversion at the surface, where the surface was cooler than the upper atmosphere.'” read the statement issued by the authority’s Executive Director Dr. Festus Luboyera.
In simple terms, the fog was formed when the colder air at The Lake Victoria Basin interacted with the warmer one near the ground. It is usually a temporary experience that lasts till the sun comes out as was seen today.
Dr. Luboyera didn’t rule out another occurrence so we should brace ourselves for more mornings like these. However, he advised motorists to wait until the fog clears so as to minimise road carnage that would occur due to poor visibilty.