Carlsbad California M-Mir Sunset
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Southern California Mock-Mirage Sunset.   Kevin Baird (images) saw this impossibly distorted sun on October 13, '05 from near Palomar Airport .   "I watched for a green flash, but the sky became so murky toward the horizon that the sun almost disappeared. More of a dark red fade than a green flash." Multiple inversion layers produced the complex mirage. The cold California Ocean Current had cooled the air next to the ocean surface. Above that there were layers of warm dry air driven from inland by high pressure over Utah and Nevada. Image ©Kevin Baird, shown with permission.