Sun Mirage & Green
Flash imaged by John Cesarek near San Francisco last November
3rd. ©John Cesarek,
shown with permission.
Temperature inversions give us miraged sunsets and green flashes. The inversion is visible as the darker zone from the horizon up to the flash. A combination of air cooled by the cold offshore ocean current and warm Santa ana winds produced it.
A mock-mirage made the three suns: Sun #1 is the lower descending pancake shape. Sun #2, an inverted rising image, is the fragmented yellow line at the top of the dark layer. Finally, descending sun #3, just above the layer, has its colors vertically stretched to show the intense flash of green.
Even the island is miraged into a towering mountain.