River in NE China looks about to boil in winter

Recently, mist and fog triggered by cold air helped to create a spectacular view over the Songhua River in Jilin City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The mist and fog swirled above the water as if the river was beginning to boil.

Winter in Jilin Province is severely cold, hence the river loses its energy. The lost energy heats the river and gives the water molecules enough energy to evaporate. But the air above is cooler than the water surface, hence the vaporized water molecules re-condense and form mist hanging above the river. 

(Video provided by CMA, cover image is a screenshot.)

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