Grand Canyon Total Inversion: Clouds Inundate the Gorge Thanks to Cold Temperatures Near the Ground [PHOTOS]
The air nearer to earth’s surface is typically warmer than the air at higher altitudes. Sometimes, though, the cold and warm air flips. In meteorology, this is what’s called a temperature inversion. Often times, this can cause smog and fog to accumulate near the ground. But, in this case, temperature inversion caused clouds to fill Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
On December 11, there was a total cloud inversion near Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park, creating the awesome scenes we see in these incredible photographs. The images, captured by Maci Macpherson, were uploaded by Grand Canyon National Park, along with a timelapse video of the event, filmed by Michael Quinn.