Sunday, December 22, 2013

Creation grace: Winter air

This is a photo I took of a Maine lake, frozen over in winter. The red square in the middle is an ice shanty on the frozen water. The houses on the right are on shore. The white streak across the pine trees along the shore is an air inversion. Normally, warmer air is closer to earth with the colder air aloft. In a temperature inversion, the warmer air is on top of the colder air and is pressing the cold air down.

From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
(Job 37:9-11a)

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