From the distance it looked like smoke …
Or maybe dust kicked up from the limerock road.
It looked primordial, but it was actually super chilled
Only upon closer inspection did we see it was steam.
Similar to a hot asphalt road steaming after getting cooled down by an afternoon shower, the wisps of water vapor hovering over the cypress stand were the result of an ice-cold drenching from a super thunder cell.
The super cell, looking north, about 15 mile east of the strand
As good fortune would have it, I actually took a photo of the thunderstorm about an hour before and 15 miles upwind from the steaming strand. The air among the wisps was incredibly cooled and the fragrance from the cypress intense. Landing and walking in the water was further proof.
The water was chilled as if it had hailed.