With apologies to those of you dealing with flooding right now, I have to admit I’m praying for some wet here. We’re having one of our mid-winter inversions right now, where the weather traps the cold, the pollution and the humidity in the valley. It’s actually warmer up at Parley’s Summit than it is in the city, some 2,500 feet higher in elevation.
I took a drive up there this afternoon, just to get out of the muck and hopefully catch a glimpse of the sun. It was good for the soul, even though it was still cloudy at least the air was clear, fresh and crisp.
I’m adding this to the Thematic Photographic theme of ‘wet’ because the inevitable end to any inversion is a good, precipitation producing storm. Either the winds before the storm scrub out the valley, or the rain/snow itself cleans the air, but either way it’s going to be better the next day. And fortunately we’re expecting a storm tonight, hopefully it will be big enough to do the job.
Looking down 8th South this afternoon you can see the smog/fog trapped in the valley. Mind you, most of that is just fog, because the water that evaporates gets stuck in the valley, although we have had a week of red* days.
Which, if you tweak the settings on the camera just right gives a deep orange, and blacks out the city even though it’s still daylight.
*Red days are days where the Air Quality people issue a warning for unhealthy air. People are advised to drive as little as possible and it is suggested that anyone with lung issues stay indoors.