|Looking south toward Ensign Peak, downtown Salt Lake City, and|
the Wasatch Mountains at 2:30 PM Sun 11 Dec 2011
Unfortunately, a thin lens of cold air remains over the Great Salt Lake and lower portions of the Salt Lake Valley, as indicated by the intense, nearly 10C inversion below 850 mb in this morning's upper air sounding above. The thin lens can also be seen in the MesoWest surface plot from 1618 UTC (0918 MST) this morning when it was 25–26F at KSLC, but a balmy 33–38F along the east bench near the University of Utah.
Considerable pollution remains in this thin lens, as indicated by the MSI weathercam, which is situated near Olympus Cove and views northwestward toward the Great Salt Lake.
It's possible that the lake breeze will bring the gunk back to the east bench this afternoon, so enjoy the clear air while it is here.