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Before I left for work I decided to record this foggy moment. It was officially the first day of fog in Lahore, hence, a historic moment. By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

W

e usually wake up between five and six as a rule in our household – Shela, Adnan and I (my siblings) – we ensure the kids get ready for school on time with minimum of hassles – we hate waking their mom (Farrah) up because she is like a headless chicken in the mornings and causes mayhem and a mad-frenzy chasing mythical socks, school uniforms and non-existent school lunches while she screams and shouts at the kids and anyone in her way. She is truly a scary sight early in the mornings. So we prefer taking care of things ourselves.

fog in lahore

The street outside my home - trying to capture the foggy effect - it 8:55 am

The kids (my nephews and niece) have to get there by 7:15 am. They don’t like going to sleep and are slow to awake in the mornings.  This morning, it was pretty gray so the kids refused to get out of bed. They kept stalling and stalling. Shela’s (comparative mild) screams and shouts (in comparison to Farrah) didn’t work either. My eldest nephew (another sister’s son who is staying with us because of school and stuff) didn’t dress warm – he was in his ‘cool dude’ mode. I found it strange. He assured me he was wearing a sweater under his shirt. Yeah…two thin layers of tees. The sun was still not out and it was around 7:10 am. The kids refused to get ready – it was so depressing. So Shela finally decided to drop our cool dude off since he was the only one ready and willing to go to school. The rest unilaterally took a day off. Adnan is on leave too. The kids conveniently thought I would take a day off too…I wish.

In spite of the fact that I had plenty of time for office – I kept stalling and stalling and stalling too…Finally, I decided to leave the house around 8:55 am. The sun was still not out. Before I left for work I decided to record this foggy moment. It was officially the first day of fog in Lahore, hence, a historic moment. Sorry about the bad photos.

Things were not so bad. There was some visibility. However, there were worse patches of fog – the area around Total Fueling Station located in Y sector, especially the main cross road that connects the double letter sectors with Y was totally shrouded in mist. The cars coming out of there had their full lights on…the visibility was pretty low too. I thought I should take another photo from my cell phone but I decided against it…because it was kind of awkward to stand my car in the middle of the road and take another photo while you couldn’t really see anything.

Things improved the minute I left DHA. The canal road was surprisingly not that bad either…I got there by 9:30 am. (Remember I didn’t have to drop Adnan off – only then it takes me a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour to get to work).

Thank God, no accidents or bad moments to report. Unfortunately, one of my colleagues reported an accident when he got to work. Apparently, a few people had been injured badly on his way to work. He also got there at 10:00 am.

I also saw a news report on GEO news feed on the net that reported that two people died today because of fog. One motorist came under a truck on Multan Road because of low visibility and one person died in a bad accident somewhere over Ravi Bridge I think it said.

Kind of a scary weather – I hear they are having problems in Europe too…and they say climate change is a scary story – just a myth, no basis in reality. Hmmm…

fog 2

My second attempt at snapping fog

Fog

The fog comes

On little cat feet.

It sits looking

Over harbor and city

On silent haunches

And then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  1. More?

    Dense fog causes accidents in Punjab, two dead
    Updated at: 1035 PST, Thursday, December 23, 2010
    Dense fog causes accidents in Punjab, two dead LAHORE: At least two people have lost their lives in fog-related incidents in Punjab, Geo News reported on Thursday.

    Ten vehicles collided with one another near Ravi Toll Plaza owing to dense fog resulting a truck driver was killed and four others were injured.

    A motorist was also killed in a head-on collision of with a truck at Multan road.

    Dense fog has disrupted road traffic in various parts of the Punjab province.
    The Met department has predicted that the fog will continue for few days.

    http://www.geo.tv/12-23-2010/76237.htm

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  2. Heathrow owner launches inquiry as flights resume

    Weather-wracked Christmas travel eased in Britain on Thursday after days of snow-related delays, with most services running normally at Heathrow Airport and on cross-Channel Eurostar trains. Across the Irish Sea, heavy snow shut Dublin Airport for several hours.

    By JILL LAWLESS

    Associated Press

    LONDON —

    Weather-wracked Christmas travel eased in Britain on Thursday after days of snow-related delays, with most services running normally at Heathrow Airport and on cross-Channel Eurostar trains. Across the Irish Sea, heavy snow shut Dublin Airport for several hours.

    The Irish airport suspended flights in the morning because heavy snow made the runway unsafe, but reopened in the afternoon. Ireland has been hit by unusually heavy snow and frigid temperatures in recent days, causing widespread delays.

    http://www.in.com/news/current-affairs/fullstory-heathrow-owner-launches-inquiry-as-flights-resume-16779353-947e549754f50c135dd37d29a8498e9327f1f236-rhp.html

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  3. It rained in Lahore today – first winter rain. Another historical day…”thunder, lightening, very very frightening” …no fog after Dec 23, 2010 to date. Its a little cold right now…(I am sitting in front of gas heater in spite of govt.’s advisory to dress warm instead of burning natural gas…) Well, sometimes, its nice to enjoy winters too…

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  4. Fog affects three provinces; Motorway, Lahore airport shut
    From the Newspaper
    (12 hours ago) Today
    By Intikhab Hanif

    LAHORE: A pile-up because of poor visibility on the National Highway left one person dead on Saturday as fog blanketed the plains of Punjab and adjoining regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, disrupting air, road and rail traffic.

    The authorities closed the M-2 (motorway) at 8.30pm and the airport an hour later. Temperatures fell as a thick fog blocked out sunshine almost the whole day in these regions.

    According to highway and motorway officials, 35-year-old Khadim Hussain, of Pattoki, died after his car was caught in the pile-up caused by an oil tanker-trailer collision in Manga Mandi, on the outskirts of Lahore.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/02/fog-affects-three-provinces-motorway-lahore-airport-shut.html

    Motorway, Lahore airport shut: Fog affects three provinces
    From the Newspaper
    (14 hours ago) Today
    By Intikhab Hanif

    LAHORE, Jan 1: A pile-up because of poor visibility on the National Highway left one person dead on Saturday as fog blanketed the plains of Punjab and adjoining regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, disrupting air, road and rail traffic.

    The authorities closed the M-2 (motorway) at 8.30pm and the airport an hour later. Temperatures fell as a thick fog blocked out sunshine almost the whole day in these regions.

    According to highway and motorway officials, 35-year-old Khadim Hussain, of Pattoki, died after his car was caught in the pile-up caused by an oil tanker-trailer collision in Manga Mandi, on the outskirts of Lahore.
    http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/02/motorway-lahore-airport-shut-fog-affects-three-provinces.html

    More fog stories since Dec 20th 2010 – till now…
    http://www.dawn.com/search?cx=partner-pub-8258178831251847%3Az3hcmr-tplu&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=fog&sa=Search

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  5. Heavy fog: Pesh-Isb motorway closed
    ISLAMABAD (updated on: 2011-01-03 10:30:47 PST):

    Heavy fog: Pesh-Isb motorway closed Due to heavy fog Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway has been closed for any traffic, IG Motorway Dr Wasim Kausar told Aaj TV.

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/latest/17385:heavy-fog-pesh-isb-motorway-closed.html

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  6. Thick fog to continue this week
    ISLAMABAD: The foggy conditions prevailing in Punjab, central lower parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh will continue during the current week.

    An official of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) told media on Monday that the fog blanket would continue in these areas until occurring of scattered rains.

    Due to high concentration of moisture in the atmosphere and low temperatures, the dense fog will continue in plain areas of the country, especially in Punjab.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=8625

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  7. The sun is finally out today….it feels like ages…however, its still cold inside the house. I missed the sun! 🙂

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  8. At least nine people killed in fog-related accidents
    ISLAMABAD: Severe weather in Pakistan has claimed at least nine lives so far while more than forty seven have been injured in separate fog-related traffic accidents in Punjab and Balochistan on Monday morning.

    http://beta.brecorder.com/pakistan/general-news/981-at-least-nine-people-killed-in-fog-related-accidents.html

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