The Salt Lake Valley is notorious for it’s winter inversions that trap all kinds of human-caused particulates in the air.
But this evening we experienced another type of air pollution, which cannot be blamed on the human race whatsoever.
Imagine the smell of the ocean, only stronger (the Great Salt Lake is anywhere from 2 to 8 times as salty as the ocean). Add to that the smell of stagnancy and millions of drowned brine flies.
For some reason it’s not so bad when you’re out at the lake itself, but when the weather comes from the northwest, right over the lake, and blows that smell into the city, it comes across pretty strong. And not so sweet either.
But the front has passed, the winds calmed down and the smell is clearing. Lasted a whole half hour.