Nature Turns Black Friday on Its Head

November 29th was Black Friday – a day of annual (and increasing) infamy. But it was also a day featuring a rare and breathtaking natural phenomenon: Temperature Inversion at the Grand Canyon.

The DailyMail(UK) described it thusly:

According to the national park’s Facebook page, the fog was caused by something called a ‘temperature inversion’. This happens when warm air acts as a lid to seal cool air near the ground. That means all pollution and fog is trapped and unable to rise.

Ranger Erin Whittaker told MailOnline that temperature inversions happen on average once or twice a year, but never producing such a picturesque full inversion.

As the DM(UK) and the slightly-pre-Thanksgiving National Park video below make clear, inversions are not impossibly rare. But this drastic (and photogenic) an example is a rare treasure.

Maybe November 29th was a good day after all.

HT to Laughing Squid, and additional coverage/photos HERE, HERE, and HERE.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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