Grand Canyon shrouded in total cloud inversion

Grand Canyon was filled with clouds in rare weather phenomenon called a total cloud inversion. Photo from Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page

Iconic landmark was filled with clouds in rare weather phenomenon called a total cloud inversion. Photo from Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page

Visitors to the Grand Canyon this week were treated to a rare weather phenomenon when the iconic landmark was filled with clouds below the rim due to a total cloud inversion.

Grand Canyon National Park posted time-lapse video showing 15 minutes of real time from Thursday condensed into one minute.

"Almost looks like the tide coming in and going out," the Grand Canyon National Park Facebook post said in a perfect description. Michael Quinn shot the video for the National Park Service:

In its Facebook post on Thursday, the GCNP displayed photos of the total cloud inversion with this message: "It's back!"

"The clouds were trying to settle in the canyon for the past couple of days, but today we’re getting a real show," the post read. "Two years in a row, we’ve been able to see this impressive inversion!"

Grand Canyon total cloud inversion looked like crashing waves at times. Photo from Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page

Grand Canyon total cloud inversion looked like crashing waves at times. Photo from Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page

Typically, this weather phenomenon occurs once every several years, Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service told the Associated Press.

Recent rains created fog that has shrouded parts of northern Arizona. Mottice told the Associated Press that the fog is able to stick around and build up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind, adding that with an inversion, the clouds are forced down by warm air and unable to rise.

"Beautiful…but if this is your first time seeing the Grand Canyon you have missed an amazing sight!" Diane Boettger wrote on the GCNP Facebook page. "Hang around for the fog to lift!"

Good point.

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