Who is the mysterious Karl the Fog? Often seen hanging out around The Golden Gate Bridge

Our famous fog was a lump of nameless water vapor until the account @KarlTheFog popped into existence in August 2010.   Since then 362,000 followers and 11,000 tweets have covered the bay area.  Follow Karl on twitter @KarlTheFog  


Karl the Fog: San Francisco’s Most Iconic Resident

Have you ever visited San Francisco and felt like you were walking through a cloud? Chances are, you’ve met Karl the Fog. Karl is the city’s most famous resident and has been a fixture of San Francisco for as long as anyone can remember. He’s known for his thick, gray blanket that covers the city, making it one of the most picturesque and moody places on earth.

Karl the Fog is more than just a weather phenomenon. He’s a local icon, a source of pride, and a symbol of San Francisco’s unique identity. He’s so beloved, in fact, that he even has his own social media accounts! On Twitter and Instagram, you can find Karl sharing his latest musings and photos of the city he calls home.

Despite his sometimes gloomy appearance, Karl is a mischievous character who loves to play pranks on the city’s residents. He’ll roll in unexpectedly, obscuring the Golden Gate Bridge just as the sun sets, or suddenly disappear, revealing a breathtaking view of the bay. He’s a master of illusion and can make even the most mundane of days feel magical.

But Karl isn’t just a prankster. He’s also a symbol of resilience. San Franciscans have learned to embrace him and the challenges he brings. They’ve learned to adapt to his whims and to find beauty in the midst of the mist. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ll soon find that Karl has a way of making you fall in love with the city, no matter what the weather is like.

So the next time you find yourself walking through San Francisco and find yourself enveloped in a thick cloud, don’t be afraid. Embrace it. It’s Karl the Fog, and he’s here to make your day a little more special. Just be sure to bring a jacket and an umbrella – you never know when he’ll come to play!

In conclusion, Karl the Fog is much more than just a weather phenomenon. He’s an integral part of San Francisco’s identity and a symbol of the city’s unique character. So next time you’re in town, take a moment to embrace Karl and let him show you why San Francisco is truly one of a kind.


All that is sunny does not glitter, not all those in the fog are lost.  KARL THE FOG


Karl the Fog at the Golden Gate BridgeNow Karl is out with a book. Who knew that fog could write much less hold a pencil

Karl the Fog – San Francisco’s Most Mysterious Resident 

Book Description
San Francisco, home of cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge—and its quintessential cool gray fog.  Fog a bay area resident – naturally uses Twitter and Instagram accounts to document his comings and goings and the beauty of the city he loves (except for when it’s sunny). Amassing roughly half a million followers across social platforms, Karl the Fog’s witty takes on San Francisco paired with beautiful, evocative photography have earned him celebrity status in the Bay Area and beyond. Packaged in a fog-wrapped acetate jacket, Karl’s first book features more than 50 scenic selfies and entertaining observations about the city, along with details of his family’s foggy history, and a foreword by Sutro Tower.

Chronicle Books, 9781452173832, 112pp.  Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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Karl the Fog at the Golden Gate Bridge


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