A walk in the clouds, rare inversion envelopes Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A rare cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon occurred for the second time in six months, Jan. 28. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A rare cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon occurred for the second time in six months, Jan. 28. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A rare cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon allowed visitors to snap a few more pictures than usual, Jan. 28. When there is a change of atmospheric property in the altitude, the increase in temperatures produce inversions. During an inversion, the lower atmosphere - the air near the surface of the ground is warmer than the higher air. This is caused when the atmosphere is heated by solar radiation from below, allowing warm layers of the atmosphere to rise directly above it.

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