Video shows Grand Canyon filling with clouds
(CNN) — One of the natural wonders of the world was a sight to behold this week, shrouded by a sea of clouds.
A rare cloud inversion transformed the Grand Canyon into a foggy vision that was captured on video.
“A view of the total cloud inversion from Mather Point around 10 a.m. … Thursday,” the National Park Service said in a message accompanying the video.
Mather Point is on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and sits at 7,120 feet (2,170 meters).
It offers a spectacular view of the canyon, and is especially a hit during the cold season, when the North Rim of the park is closed for the winter.
“This is a rare occurrence that took place because cool, damp air became trapped in the lower levels of the canyon,” CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.
“It was literally stuck underneath a warm layer of air just above. In the meteorological world, this is referred to as an inversion when the temperature actually warms with height (as opposed to it cooling with a rise in altitude).”
Van Dam said though cloud inversions are a treat for the eyes, they are hardly unprecedented.
“However, when it produces this short-lived, almost ethereal event, it sure has many people’s attention.”
The video of the cloud inversion condensed 15 minutes into one minute, according to the park.
It “almost looks like a tide coming in and going out,” it said in a post.
The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, nearly 18 miles (29 km) wide and a mile (1.6 km) deep.
The park was established in 1919 and gets about 5 million visitors a year.