In the City

Inferior Mirage
Topanga Canyon Mall
August 4, 1996

On August 4, 1996, the parking lot near the north entrance to the mall appeared to be flooded with water. I watched cars and trucks drive through the puddle, and several pedestrians appeared to walk on top of the water to reach their cars. As I approached the puddle, however, it disappeared. No wind; air temperature approximately 100 degrees Farenheit; pavement very hot to the touch.

Parking lots and paved streets are great places to look for inferior mirages. The weather where you live will affect when and where you see mirages. Where I live, in Los Angeles, it is warm and sunny during the day, cool at night, and there's plenty of pavement to hold the heat. I sometimes see mirages in the morning when I ride my bike to work and nearly always see them when I bike home for lunch.


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