Winter 2013 Timelapse - AlaskaMcGillPhoto

This taken on December 26, 2013, from the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The snow blowing off the Alaska Range, in particular Mt. Hayes, is back-lit by the rising sun early on. Notice the changing shape of the silhouetted range early in the sequence. This is an effect of the strong inversion frequently present in the Tanana Valley. After the Sun comes up the wind direction above the inversion changes and the flow from the Fairbanks power plants goes out into the valley, obscuring the range.