|The sun just above Mt. Baldy shortly after noon today|
While the low-angle sun is a blessing for backcountry skiing, it is a curse for valley residents. It doesn't provide enough energy to burn off cold pools (a.k.a., inversions) that form over the Salt Lake Valley and other low-elevation regions of Utah. This is especially true when there is a fresh snow cover, which reflects a significant fraction of what little sun we get back to space.
We have just exited a fairly stormy pattern, so while there is a touch of smog over the valley, the pollution isn't too bad yet.
|Salt Lake Valley from Alta|