On a clear day… you can see Denali

Denali (previously known as Mt. McKinley) is 20 thousand feet high and very visible if it’s not cloudy. Lately, the hot weather in Alaska has been producing mostly clear skies and great views of the mountain. Sometimes, afternoon cumulus clouds get in the way, but with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice (June 20/21 this year), there are plenty of opportunities to see the peak.
Also, the National Park Service has a webcam trained on the mountain, as part of the haze camera program to document when the air is clear and when pollution mucks up the view. (I work on that program, reviewing state plans to clear the air, in our Regional Office in NYC for EPA.)

So check out the webcam, anytime, it’s especially cool when it really would be dark anywhere else!
http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/denacam/denacam.cfm#
Here’s the view at 5pm Alaska Daylight Time June 20….. some clouds in the way

5pm June 20 Denali in clouds

5pm June 20 Denali in clouds


Denali Sunrise (blocked by clouds) 530am (well after real sunrise.

Denali Sunrise (blocked by clouds) 530am (well after real sunrise.

730am on solstice day - skies starting to clear at Denali (sorry I didn't save the 1am photo!, when twilight lit the clouds surrounding the mountain.

730am on solstice day – skies starting to clear at Denali (sorry I didn’t save the 1am photo!, when twilight lit the clouds surrounding the mountain.

Here’s what it looks like when the skies are clear…..and when it’s hazy….
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I have a photo I took about 30 miles away when Carol and I went to Alaska…..I’ll post it tomorrow.
Here it is…

Denali, Canon XS from NPS tour stop (about 30 miles from the mountain) - click for full sized view!

Denali, from NPS Tundra Wilderness Tour Sept 2011, last stop (about 30 miles from the mountain) – click for full sized view! Handheld Canon XS F10 1/400 second, ISO 200, zoom lens at 55mm

Clouds part to show us the mountain!
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