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A time-lapse video by Harun Mehmedinovic of Skyglow shows the Grand Canyon filled with oceanlike clouds as the sky above it is clear. Harun Mehmedinovic/Skyglow Project

PHOENIX — A new viral video shows the Grand Canyon in rare form: filled to the brim with clouds. 

The video shows a full cloud inversion, which is when cold air gets trapped close to the ground by a layer of warm air, and the moisture turns into condensation, creating a sea of thick fog.

Clouds swirl and push up against the canyon’s rim as if it were a seashore. Those standing on the rim feel as if they are walking on clouds. 

The Arizona Republic talked with the man behind the video, award-winning photographer and videographer Harun Mehmedinovic.

“It’s kind of like another planet, practically, the way it looks,” he said.

A year and a half to catch

Mehmedinovic said he has visited Grand Canyon National Park about 30 times since December 2015 to capture footage for the video, but only caught a full cloud inversion once. 

“That was purely luck, to be honest,” he said. “You didn’t feel the depth of the canyon because the fog reached basically the rim, so it got up as high as where I was standing. It was a little surreal.”

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He lives in Flagstaff and is an assistant professor in Northern Arizona University’s Creative Media and Film and Photography program.

The inversion lasted almost a full day, so he was able to shoot video from multiple spots on the canyon’s south rim, he said. 

“I found it a little funny, seeing the tours coming by, all of them were really angry they couldn’t see the canyon and I kept telling them, ‘What you’re seeing here is so much cooler,’ ” Mehmedinovic said, laughing. 

His time-lapse video of the phenomenon has been…