A World Above the Fog

Vancouver woke up to another fog-bound day. At our elevation in North Vancouver, the fog wasn’t too thick, but as I drove down the 200 metres or so to the freeway, it thickened considerably.

After turning up the Cypress Bowl road it became apparent very quickly that it was blue skies all the way. Just as Snowboard Expert had noted earlier in the week, things up top were the exact opposite of down in the city.

For one, the sun was shining brilliantly. For two – it was a lot warmer up there. In fact, as I rode the lift this morning, I could feel the temperature rising. A classic weather inversion (not really a pineapple express – there’s little or no wind).

By 10 this morning it was plus 6 celsius – and heading to 10 or 11 for the day. Back at my house in North Vancouver, the temperature stayed steady at around freezing most of the morning.

At the top of Black Mountain, I had to unzip my jacket – 3 guys went by me in t-shirts.

I grabbed a shot with my point-n-shoot (I don’t bring my Nikon to the hill) of downtown Vancouver poking its head above the blanket of fog. Interesting aspect of Vancouver you don’t see very often. (click for a full frame version)


Over in the other direction, Howe Sound is draped in a huge blanket of fog


So, if you’re feeling hemmed in by the fog, head UP UP UP to where the sun’s shining.

8 thoughts on “A World Above the Fog”

  1. Downtown is finally showing up through the fog today, All of the city were covered the last 3 days. Another beautiful and warm day on the mountain. I bought a t-shirt to wear. hundreds of t-shirts were sold in the shop today because of the weather.

  2. I have made it up to Big White and Silver Star 5 times for clear blue sunny skies. The view from the top is similar as the whole Okanagan valley and the Christian valley (offshoot valley from hwy 33) is in a “lake of fog”. Today marks day 11 of the fog enshrouded Kelowna!!!

    Was your shot of the city taken near the new runs on the new chair???

    P.S. I love your shots of North Van and the slice of the ship in Flickr. Are they keeping that sliced boat there???

  3. Thanks Craig. that was taken from the top of the new area at Cypress – you can see the icy snow just in front of the lens – i’m just beside the lift hut

    the ship slice – yep, it looks like they’re keeping it. I’ve got a few shots of the boat itself from the side, but it wasn’t until they moved it recently and I was on the big cement pier looking BACK that you can see the cross section. nifty.

    the ‘normal’ view is here:

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