Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event

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A view of the total cloud inversion from Mather Point around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014. NPS photo by M. Quinn. By Mike Gertzman A view of the total cloud inversion from Mather Point around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014. NPS photo by M. Quinn. By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.

The total cloud inversion was expected to hang inside the canyon throughout Thursday.

Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service says the weather event happens about once every several years, though the landmark was treated to one last year.

The fog that has been shrouding parts of northern Arizona is courtesy of recent rains. Mottice says the fog is able to stick around and built up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind.

With an inversion, the clouds are forced down by warm air and unable to rise.

Mottice says the Grand Canyon gradually will clear up in the coming days.

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Click here to view time-lapse video of the cloud inversion that filled Grand Canyon.

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