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One Million People… Hidden

Look at this image. But not too carefully yet.

Isn’t it beautiful? Click on it to see it much larger.

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A beautiful high-mountain town overlooking a snowy lake perhaps? Maybe you see a pretty winter haze covering a beautiful wooded valley.

Now look carefully.

That beautiful view is actually a valley of one million people hidden by smog. Buried by it. Covered in it.

Yes, this is the Salt Lake City valley right now. I took this image from the pass that goes over the mountain this morning.

Down in the valley (where we live) it looks very much like it did when we were burning up in the wildfires this past summer… Like you’re walking through an endless cloud of smoke and haze.

It’s been here for over a month, caused by weather inversion. And it’s the reason why Utah is topping the charts for most sick people right now. It’s also the reason it’s so danged cold.

Will someone please send a nice huge wind through here to take it all away? We’d like to breathe again.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

41 comments
Chrissy McDonough
Chrissy McDonough

I've been hiding in my house until the days I can see the sun and sky. Those days are glorious. At least it's cleared out with the last storm that came through! (for now) 

SimoneArentsen
SimoneArentsen

I might not be able to send the smog away, but I can try my best to send the blistering sun from South Africa to you!

rebekahbrowerjackson
rebekahbrowerjackson like.author.displayName 1 Like

This brings to mind a bad joke we have her in Idaho. Why does the wind blow so much in Idaho? Cuz Utah sucks! I will do my part, and start sucking in air whenever I am outside, and tell all my friends and family to do the same. ;)

Candice
Candice

Oh I couldn't agree more I've been sick for over a month and I know the inversion is at least a part of why it's hung on so long. 

KrystalBass
KrystalBass

Maybe start snapping more pictures and go to council with them. No idling bylaws have helped a few Canadian towns and cities reduce their smog, and awareness about lawn mowers, 2-stroke engines, diesel trucks, and the over burning of firewood could be gently circulated along with the pics. And well, if that's mostly industrial smog, then you've got a bigger fight on your hands


Lucy1
Lucy1

The wind is blowing in Boise!  Blow wind blow!

Arynn
Arynn

I'm thinking windy thoughts for you!

sniptheelf
sniptheelf

wow! That is insane! Time to move

ntolleson
ntolleson

Is there a picture without the smog for us to see the difference for comparison?  At this moment, I can't imagine how bad it really is.  Though I'm scared to see how bad it really is. o_O

ntolleson
ntolleson

Do you have a picture without the smog so we can see the comparison, please?  I just kind of want to see the difference to better understand.  FelisV.

Helenvan
Helenvan

I thought it was a lake!

ssortors
ssortors

reason Juneau alaska stopped ppl from using fireplaces.. too many people. maybe you guys should do same.

potterkarena
potterkarena

Amen to this post! I would love to breathe again.

SidPlait
SidPlait like.author.displayName 1 Like

The smog is NOT caused by an inversion.  It is caused by people.  It stays there because of the inversion.  However, a great number of people in this country don't believe we are harming the environment.  Thanks for posting that link!

DanaSeilhan
DanaSeilhan like.author.displayName 1 Like

@SidPlait Werd.  You'd think people would stop and consider just where all that dirt in the air is coming from.  People also complain that they don't get enough exercise.  Walking's cheaper than a gym...

GingerMannPierce
GingerMannPierce

We've been lucky to not have any inversions here yet this winter. We've been having way too much rain. Mudslides, yes. Smog, no. Hopefully it will clear for you all soon.

Logan81
Logan81

We've had several days of 60-70 mph winds down in Lubbock this winter; you're more than welcome to some of that if you want it! Of course, that would probably just replace the smog with red dirt....

scribler
scribler

I remember well how nasty the air quality was in Provo during the winter.  I so feel for you.

CrissyLance
CrissyLance

Awwww so sorry! I guess China is having huge problems with smog too? I think I read that somewhere. I will blow my nose that direction hopefully that will help!

Monsignoir
Monsignoir

You need the seagulls flapping around making a breeze

LaurieMitchell
LaurieMitchell

Do you have a picture of what it normally looks like? I hope it clears up for you guys soon!

KatieF
KatieF

Seriously. I'm so sick of this damn inversion! It, and the cold, can go away until December, please and thank you!

allegriaimages
allegriaimages

I read about this today and thought about you and my other SLC peeps.  Ugh.  

MeghanAkers
MeghanAkers

Boise looks much the same way. I've been joking its so cold the air froze. Its, of course, worse at night when the temp drops below zero, but the haze doesn't really go away during the day either. Thanks for the explanation on why everyone's sick. Its the same here in Boise. I've had the same flu for over a month now. Just when I think I'm over it, it comes right back. 

Kenz
Kenz

I can chew the air right now.

adriannelrh
adriannelrh

I think my state JUST got that many people. Oh my. Hope things clear up for you soon!

crusherbevdr
crusherbevdr

Just heard on the weather that its supposed to clear out tomorrow.  Only because we're getting hit with three storms.  At least the temp is going to come out of the single digits


greenmama79
greenmama79

Looks like Denver too when we have an inversion.  Thankfully I live in a suburb that's a higher elevation but I can see the brown cloud from my house hanging over the city.  Gross.  

tigger62077
tigger62077

Boise isn't that bad yet but we're working on it. It's so bad that even up on a small hill in the city you can see it covering downtown as you drive down into it. It's AWFUL.

Janet
Janet

I flew into SLC from Phoenix on Monday. It was disgusting to see the brown gunk climb up my window displacing the blue sky as we dropped down into the airport.....

Erika
Erika

Springfield, Oregon has looked similar to this picture the last few weeks.

hgubisch
hgubisch

Oh my goodness! That is disgusting! It just made me vomit a little in my mouth! I feel terrible for everyone that lives there...how gross!

Wendamus
Wendamus

I'm sick too, and sick of it. Its supposed to warm up and blow a little this weekend, but with that comes more snow that won't melt. At least we can expect a balmy high of 37 this weekend!

DanielleJeanine
DanielleJeanine like.author.displayName 1 Like

As long as you send it to the Treasure Valley in Idaho. We are in the same boat with the inversions and the fires. It about killed me this year. 

Lucy1
Lucy1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Boise has it too Dan. :(  It's so thick I can't see the buildings less than 1/4 of a mile away. Playground time at school is miserable for a lot of the kids. I'm also tired of the local weather forecasters teasing us with higher temps that never happen.

MikeMartinez
MikeMartinez like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

You could convince everyone in town to go outside with a hairdryer in hand for abut 15 minutes at the same time all pointing in the same direction. It may not help but you may score the record fo the biggest flash mob ever.

brooke
brooke

Wow.  I thought it was a lake.  Seriously.

missmir
missmir

Ugh.. yeah!!! I have already had a cold, influenza and pneumonia. I can't get over anything because of this air!

crusherbevdr
crusherbevdr

I'll second that one.  I've been sick since before Christmas.  This inversion layer isn't helping.