Grand Canyon Filled with Clouds - Temperature Inversion

The canyon sometimes gets fog called "temperature inversion" when warm air sits on top of cold air. A partial inversion occurs a couple times each year, usually in winter. Total inversions are rare.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Temperature Inversion at the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Maci MacPherson

Dec 12, 2014 temperature inversion. Photo by NPS Maci MacPherson

Temperature Inversion at the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Maci MacPherson

Dec 11, 2014 temperature inversion. Photo by NPS Maci MacPherson

The Grand Canyon sometimes gets fog called "temperature inversion" when warm air sits on top of cold air. Partial inversions occur a couple times each year, usually in winter.

A rare total inversion was seen December 11-12, 2014 by visitors to Grand Canyon National Park.

Another inversion was witnessed a little over a year earlier on November 29, 2013. The pictured views below are from Mather Point on the South Rim.

Grand Canyon Temperature Inversion. NPS photo by Erin Whittaker.

Nov 29, 2013 temperature inversion. NPS photo by Erin Whittaker.

Grand Canyon Temperature Inversion NPS photo by Erin Whittaker.

NPS photo by Erin Whittaker.

Related

Grand Canyon visitor at Yavapai Point in December

Enjoy Winter in the Grand Canyon

The South Rim is open year round, but the North Rim has limited access from mid-October until mid-May. Learn about winter activities here.

The Grand Canyon in Winter

Grand Canyon Weather - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

With an elevation spanning from around 2000 feet to over 8000 feet (760-2440m), the Grand Canyon area experiences a variety of weather conditions.

Thermostat on the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon

Extreme Heat in the Grand Canyon

Plan on going for a hike in the Grand Canyon? Then make sure to be careful. Extreme heat, lack of shade and limited water sources can be a life-threatening nightmare.

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter going over blueprints for one of her buildings in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Throughout Time

Travel back in time with a history lesson on the Grand Canyon

Rainbow at the end of a storm in the Grand Canyon

What to Wear for Grand Canyon's Weather Above & Below-the-Rim

Weather can sidetrack your plans if you're not prepared, so guarantee your time in the park is spent relishing the moment by packing the right gear.

An artist's impression of United Airlines Flight 718 colliding with TWA Flight 2. Wikimedia Commons by anonymous author.

1956 Grand Canyon Airplane Crash

A mid-air collision occurred on June 30, 1956 when a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 struck a Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation over the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Sunset at Hopi Point on the South Rim. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Grand Canyon South Rim

Open 365 days a year, the South Rim offers plenty of activities, restaurants and, of course, gorgeous views. It is the most-visited part of the canyon.

Sunset at Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. Photo by Whit Richardson

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

Study by the Univ. of CO and the CA Institute of Technology aims to debunk previous research that the canyon is only five to 6 million years old.

Alpine meadows on the drive to the Grand Canyon North Rim entrance, Arizona. Photo by Whit Richardson

Grand Canyon Weather and Road Condition Hotlines

Be prepared by using these resources for weather and road conditions.