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    “Inversion” is a meteorological term that every valley dweller in Northern Utah knows and fears. A layer of warm air sits on a layer of colder air, slamming the cold down like a meat locker door.
    It’s a deep, soul-sucking cold. The wind never stirs. Ice crystals wander amid stagnant air. Nothing thaws, not even a trickle.
    And it’s gray. The sun does not, in any sense of the word, “shine.” It flickers like a dim bulb.
    In Cache Valley, where the tighter valley walls exacerbate the effect, there are times when you can’t see 50 yards. A grim smoke fills in the edges of your vision, made worse by the knowledge that every wisp from every tailpipe, chimney belch, cow fart or exhaled cigarette is floating in this toxic stew.

    A prolonged inversion is a natural joke. The punchline? It defies Utah’s clean-cut, caffeine-free, low-calorie image. The Utah winter in the mind’s eye is snowcapped mountains soaring into clear blue skies, and besweatered families cuddling on couches in front of roaring fires while thick flakes fall in the moonlit night. Basically, a York’s Peppermint Patty commercial. But each winter, for at least a few days, the Wasatch Front and Cache Valley make the EPA’s most-wanted list. Children and the elderly are kept indoors. The curtain is drawn on the blue skies and snowy mountaintops and the roaring fires are extinguished by the Red Burn proscription. Utah routinely beats the smog capital of the world, Los Angeles, in this race toward the toxic.

    from The inversion-Northern Utah’s deep freeze
    by Jeremy Pugh

    So what do we do to stear free of the seasonal mood disorder...we pray for snow, even those of us who dislike it with a passion. Storms mean something is happening, stiring the air, and however long they last they are followed by the sun :)

    Explore, Jan 16, 2009 #247

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    1. BekonTM 64 months ago | reply

      nicely captured, the light and the mist is impressive!

    2. zzmarissa 64 months ago | reply

      great shot :)

    3. SpaceCadet37 64 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot ..I jos bolje objasnjenje...Bravo !

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    4. ~lisamac~ 64 months ago | reply

      excellent shot!

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    7. Gordana AM 64 months ago | reply

      hajde, pakuj se i dolazi...

    8. apoxiomeno 64 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot...
      happy weekend my friend :-)

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    10. ifedorovskaya 64 months ago | reply

      it looks so dreamy... like it's going to disappear in second :)

    11. KristinaVF 64 months ago | reply

      ... ali dovoljno dugo !!!!

    12. Lukava 64 months ago | reply

      brilliant, and scary a little :-)

    13. [Adam Baker] 64 months ago | reply

      I remember SLC inversions, no fun. Although it looks much prettier than I remember. :)

    14. STCPhoto ©2013 64 months ago | reply

      Great shot!!!! I know exactly what your talking about.... ahhh our good ol' stagnant inversion....lol

    15. tracygottschlich 64 months ago | reply

      In Southeast Alaska where I live, when we have cold air inversions, they do a burn-ban, and you're not able to use your wood stove. Sucks for those folks who's primary source of heat is their wood stove/fireplace!

    16. toadie1951 64 months ago | reply

      HI love the shot and the great explanation. On the other hand, welcome to my everyday life. I live in Beijing. In another couple of days the Chinese New Year celebrations will begin which bring with it non stop fireworks and firecrackers for hours on end, especially New Years Eve from 6 pm to 1:00. Got to get rid of all that bad luck and bring in the new luck for the Year of the Ox. The noise and air pollution reaches new heights but it is still so much better than August in Beijing.

      Still love living here though.

    17. Haakon Bloomfield 30 months ago | reply

      great shot and description, makes it Utah sound like Austria/Germany for europe

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