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Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion Weather Phenomenon

Posted on May 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion Layer

Scattered Inversion Clouds Across the Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

I was lucky to be at Grand Canyon National Park at the just the right time to see some great weather effects. These inversion clouds occur when cooler air near the surface of the earth becomes trapped under a layer of warmer air. Usually, air temperature decreases with an increase in elevation, but during an inversion this is reversed creating a cap over the lower layer. When there’s enough moisture present in the lower cooler layer, clouds or fog can form under the inversion cap.

 

Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion Layer

Cloud Inversion Layer Breaks Across The Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

 

Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion Layer

Inversion Fog Layer in the Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

“The glories and the beauties of form, color and sound unite in the Grand Canyon—forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with the sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” ~Major John Wesley Powell

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