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A rare cloud inversion makes the Grand Canyon look downright mystical



Monica Riese

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 14, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 11:53 pm CDT

Nature does some crazy things, but here’s one we haven’t seen before.

On Thursday, a very particular set of conditions aligned at Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park to give spectators quite the sight: The ground of the canyon was cooler than the air above, causing a thick layer of fog to form, filling up the 1,900 square mile attraction like a burbling witch’s cauldron.

We’re not sure if visitors there that day would have been delighted by the rare cloud inversion or irritated that they couldn’t see deep into the reddish canyon’s natural beauty, but one thing’s for sure: They won’t get a view like this just any old day of the week.

H/T Viral Viral Videos | Screengrab via GrandCanyonNPS/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 14, 2014, 1:29 pm CST