Lake Erie 'inversion' reveals lights in Canada

Lake Erie Inversion on April 18, 2017

If you were looking across Lake Erie Tuesday night about 11 p.m., you might have seen some lights...and those lights were in Canada, according to Cleveland State University research astronomer Jay Reynolds.

Take a look at the photos and the video and you will see a ship moving against the background of lights, according to Reynolds.

Reynolds also noted that the lights are blinking and, based on the direction, some of these lights are in the direction of Port Crewe, Ontario, which is 50 miles away.

You can tweet to Jay Reynolds @reynoldsastro

But how does this happen? Earth is curved, meaning the lake drops below the horizon. Seeing across the lake is like trying to look over a hill of water.

But every so often, an inversion occurs, meaning warm air sits above the cool air. In the right conditions, light, radio or TV waves can bounce off the inversion and bounce back toward the ground.

The result?

You could see directly across the lake from Cleveland to Ontario, Canada.

Lake Erie's water temperature was 45 degrees Tuesday night and the air above it was 65 degrees.

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