Inversion layers in lower atmosphere distort the sun into fantastical shapes at sunrise this morning (Feb. 14) over Lake Superior in Duluth. Bob King
Before I gave my wife a Valentine’s Day card and gift, even before she awoke, I got up and drove to a clear spot to watch and photograph the sunrise. Along the way, my heart sank as I came to see that low clouds and haze muddied the horizon. I almost turned back.
Despite the mistiness, the sun appeared right on time though only a moment later it lost its top! A thin layer peeled off and evaporated into thin air. Several other slices did the same, but of course the sun held together through those atmospheric indignities. For a time, layers of stratified air created a series of notches or steps on either side of the solar disk.
The photos show these layers, each one unique with a different temperature and density and stacked one atop the other noodles in a tasty lasagna. The sun’s appearance changed almost second by second as it ascended through the stack until it finally climbed high enough to settle down and round out.
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