Tri-Cities Has an Inversion – What the Heck is That? I Found Out!
In normal conditions, hot air close to the ground slowly rises upwards. When a temperature inversion occurs, cooler air gathers near the ground, with a layer of hot air pressing down on top of it. This forces clouds, smog, and pollution to be trapped near the ground. The bottom line is this: We should see more normal weather in the Columbia Basin starting this afternoon and tomorrow. Inversion = pain in the butt!