On of the most amazing things to see while hiking are cloud inversions. There's a specific type of location and weather that lends itself to these cloud creations, but they're so cool to look at, that I thought I could make a card explaining what they are, and how they happen, so that those who are interested in them can make sure to go to a location where they are more likely to occur!
These videos show cloud inversions occurring at the Grand Canyon. These two 1-minute video shows what actually took 10 minutes of time.
But how did it happen?
The fog is formed by a total cloud inversion, which occurs when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air. If the moisture in the cold pool is sufficient, condensation will occur and fog will form.
Various forms of inversion clouds moving, forming and dissolving can happen, and are caused by the interaction of warm and cold air masses and currents.
A total inversion, as seen in the first video above, are rare, usually happening at the canyon only once every few years. It has happened twice in the past six months! Semi-inversions happen fairly frequently, but are still incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to predict!
Places to see them while hiking:
- Grand Canyon
- Foel Goch, Snowdonia, Wales
- Various locations in Peru
- Musheramore, Ireland