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Inversion

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Say “inversion” to a Californian, and the most likely word association is “layer.” It’s our topography that causes this phenomenon, accounting for the haze, smog and “June Gloom” we experience. It’s not a modern phenomenon either: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo called it Baya de los Fumos, from the dozens of native Tongva campfires that filled the air when he sailed into Santa Monica Bay in 1542. Normally, air temperature drops with altitude. But in Southern California in the spring and summer, the colder marine air comes ashore to meet the warmer air on land that rises above the ocean air, which Read More