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» Moffat Tunnel Subdivision  
» Eldorado Springs , Colorado, USA (more..)
» October 27, 2023
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Flying Above the Clouds by Rail This very well may be the most difficult and rare of weather events to capture along the Flatiron Range. Meteorology calls it an Inversion and it can be anywhere between Rocky’s elevation and Crescent’s. Generally the line falls down and not up and is rather unstable and dissipates much like fog. Today the conditions were extraordinarily in place for a rising ceiling and long term stability. A friend at Boulder summoned me as well as a weather scientist I know and a quick look at the Amtrak tracker this might work. On foot I set out to a launch spot along the Moffat Road west of tunnel 4 or 5 and waited. The ceiling was less than 300’ below the track level at tunnel 7! Wow! Incredible to see and with a drone a magical scene worth its weight in platinum laced gold. I’ve been trying for this scenario for years and finally a break, now I need a train that can glow in the morning light playing with the magic of this rare weather phenomenon. Here Amtrak 5 the California Zephyr is climbing the highest point along the Flatirons at Tunnel 7 westbound for California. In minutes the train will be in South Draw and in Eldorado Canyon.
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