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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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Textbook Problem

Why is the air clear above the inversion layer?

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The reason because of which the air above the inversion is clear.

Explanation

Under some conditions, the usual decline in temperature with increased altitude may be reversed, which means that the temperature would rise upward for approximately several hundred meters or above. Such an atmospheric condition is termed as a temperature inversion, where a warmer layer of air above disturbs the altitudinal decline in temperature. The frontier between cooler air beneath and warmer air above and the inversion layer could be sudden and would appear across the sky as a horizontal line.

The coastal areas like that of California often experience upper air inversions as the cold marine air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean travels below the stable, warmer, and lighter air above produced by subsidence and compression...

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