Skymet weather

Take a Look at the Dazzling Firefall at Yosemite National Park

February 6, 2015 4:06 PM |


You may have seen many waterfalls, but have you witnessed a fire fall? Well, if you have not seen one here is your chance, El Capitan's Horsetail Fall at the Yosemite National park in California displays this mind-blowing phenomenon. No, the fall does not spit fire, instead the phenomena takes place due to sun angle & snowfall.

The fall glows for a few hours every year, this event is known as the “firefall”. The waterfall looks like a cascading fire when the right amount of sunlight hits it at the right spot. The event is completely dependent on weather. The fall must be flowing and shall not remain frozen. The temperature must be warm enough to melt the snow and leave the Horsetail fall snow flowing. Additionally,there should be enough snowpack so that snowmeltis able to feed the waterfall, which has a breath taking fall of 1,570 feet down the east face of El Capitan. Besides, the angle of the sun and the amount of sunlight must fall correctly to create the illumination. All these elements have to be perfectly aligned, to  create a magical view for onlookers.

The Firefall is usually seen between mid and late February every year. Thousands of photographers flock in to capture this brilliant sight. It resembles a real fire, which was once seen at the Glacier Point sometime in the 20th century, when the park officials would light a bonfire and push the glowing embers towards the cliff.

For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
From 'Wettest August', El Nino to Rainfall Performance! That's precisely what you want to know about #Monsoon2019 i…
Sunday, August 25 22:00Reply
#Mumbai #rains had a very sad start in the beginning of the year but with heavy rains during #Monsoon, Mumbai has s…
Sunday, August 25 21:38Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: अगले दो-तीन दिनों के दौरान उत्तराखंड के लगभग सभी शहरों और हिमाचल प्रदेश तथा जम्मू कश्मीर के दक्षिणी भागों में बादलों और न…
Sunday, August 25 21:36Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: साल 2019 की शुरुआत मध्य प्रदेश के लिए भले ही खराब रही हो लेकिन अब मॉनसून शिकायत का कोई मौका नहीं दे रहा है। मध्य प्रदेश पर…
Sunday, August 25 21:36Reply
Until today, #Mumbai has recorded 2527.5 mm of rains against its annual of 2515 mm before the end of #Monsoon.…
Sunday, August 25 21:34Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: मॉनसून मध्य भारत पर लगातार है मेहरबान। मध्य प्रदेश के पश्चिमी भागों उत्तरी महाराष्ट्र और पूर्वी गुजरात के कई शहरों में हो…
Sunday, August 25 21:28Reply
#Jammu and #Kashmir, #HimachalPradesh and Uttarakhand might experience light #rains at isolated places. Gangetic…
Sunday, August 25 20:55Reply
Despite of delayed onset of #Monsoon in #Mumbai , today #Santacruz surpasses it’s annual rainfall average.…
Sunday, August 25 20:27Reply
Places like Kannur, Kasargode, Kozhikode, Malapuram and Kochin etc are likely to witness heavy showers. While other…
Sunday, August 25 19:58Reply
अमरावती व अकोला येथे मुसळधार, तर नागपूर, गोंदिया आणि चंद्रपूर येथे हलक्या ते मध्यम पावसाची शक्यता -via…
Sunday, August 25 18:33Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try