Science Question for the Hive Mind
It was a very sunny, clear, and cold day this past Saturday. knittingniki and I went hiking in Forest Park, and from one single point of the journey we had perfect views of not only Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, but Mt. Rainer, Mt Adams, and Mt. Jefferson as well. This exquisite and panoramic view brought to mind a question I have often wondered over the years, and it occurred to me that someone here might be able to finally answer it for me:
Why is it that things seem to appear in more crystal-clear focus on a cold, clear, sunny day in the winter than a warm, clear, sunny day in the summer?
Is it an illusion, because in the winter I’m comparing clear days to cloudy days? Does it have to do with air molecules behaving differently in different temperatures? Is it an atmospheric thing?
Seriously, what gives?