Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Breathe This: Haze Over Taylor Yard

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 12, 2009, 8:56 AM. Taylor Yard haze as seen from the Corralitas Public Staircase, overlooking the 2 & 5 Freeways. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

On crystal clear mornings when humidity is Red Flag Day low, a haze of pollutants forms over Taylor Yard, LA River and Elysian Valley. It's like a lower level mini-inversion layer formed by the local topography surrounding the 5 Freeway, expanding upward as the day gets warmer. Morning shadows and light on the hills of Glassell Park highlight the haze when viewed from Corralitas Drive. (Developers wonder why we fight tooth and nail to save significant trees in the neighborhood.)