Tuesday, January 18, 2022

An iceberg in BC? The dull mirage stunned the photographer. CBC News

Simone Engels cast her eyes from a beach on Vancouver Island into the waters of the Strait of Georgia when she caught a glimpse of something bright and dazzling on the horizon.

She came to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nannoj Bay, BC on Sunday to photograph the mountains on the mainland at sunset on a beautiful clear winter day, but the object in the distance didn’t look like any mountains she recognized. .

Engels raised his camera to take a closer look.

“I zoomed in on it and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, because it looked like a giant iceberg was floating around,” she told CBC News.

Visit, First reported by nanaimonnewsnow, seemed impossible, but the object remained on the horizon for half an hour as Engels stayed on the beach.

When she posted a photo on social media, everyone was convinced it was an iceberg — even a friend who studied iceberg geomorphology for her PhD, Engels said.

“I was so stumped,” she said. “We don’t usually see icebergs here.”

The finer mirage he caught can be seen on the left. Mount Baker in Washington state is on the right. (Submitted by Simone Engels)

It turns out that Engels had captured images of an exceptionally clear optical illusion.

“It’s not an iceberg,” said Colin Goldblatt, an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Victoria.

“It’s a beautiful picture, and what we’re seeing is a beautiful example of a better mirage.”

He explained that such a mirage is possible during atmospheric inversion, when warm air is sitting on top of a layer of cold air, causing light to bend downward.

Due to the weather patterns, the lights bowed

Engels was looking at the peaks of the Chiam Range near Chillivac, more than 180 kilometers away. Normally, these mountains are on the other side of the horizon, hidden by the curvature of the Earth and invisible to anyone in Nanoz Bay.

“We can see this because of the bending of light in the atmosphere,” Goldblatt said.

In this case, Sunday’s dry conditions allowed for a particularly crisp and clear mirage.

According to Goldblatt, mirages are a much more common occurrence in BC waters than in an average landowner.

“We actually see mirages a lot. I see them when I’m kayaking or sailing on the Salish Sea,” he said, referring to the coastal waters off BC’s south coast.

In addition to the better mirages, such as those captured by Engels, there are also inferior mirages, where something such as a ship may appear to have turned upside down. Goldblatt explained that a low mirage occurs when a layer of cooler air sits on top of warmer air near the surface of the ocean.

Nonetheless, for Engels, an avid photographer who tries to get out in nature as much as possible, the experience was unparalleled.

“I will definitely enlarge this picture and put it on my wall,” she said.

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