Thanks to everyone for sending in their pictures of the hoar frost. We’ve definitely seen a ton the past few days – lots of photo opp’s! A reminder that you can also find many, many more pictures with iSubmit on KTTC.com, also on our KTTC Precision Forecast Facebook page!
As far as why it’s called hoar frost…I did some research and it’s not as bad as what it sounds. 🙂 The term “hoar” goes back to Old English, (the word “har” meaning “gray, venerable, old” – from Dictionary.com). In German, “Herr” refers to a title of respect (also Dictionary.com). Finally, “Of frost, it is recorded in O.E. (hoar-frost is c.1290), expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man’s beard” (Dictionary.com).
From what I found, “hoar” can be used as both a noun and an adjective. In the noun form, it refers to frost, or rime. You may know the word “hoary” refers to something that’s gray or white with age. Hope that clears up our funny sounding word. 🙂