No mirage, no curve. Now what?

Russianvids makes his point clearly and concisely. If there’s no curve, what are we on?

Forget all the maths and shadows and latitudes and longitudes. We need a simple answer to this simple problem.

We should not see the Willis tower under different weather conditions from across the lake.

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Tom Dalpra
Tom Dalpra
6 years ago

Russianvids says that superior mirages are inverted. This is false in that superior mirages can take the form of looming, towering and inversion.
The official line is that with looming, things that are below the horizon, may come in to view.
This is ( I think ) how Science explains what we can see when looking across great lakes at cities.

This may be an innocent mistake by Russianvids, but surely we can see that this is bad evidence? Someone watching this and then making the claim that superior mirages are always inverted, is going to look silly.

On atmospheric refraction across water, it makes some sense, in that the air close to water will be naturally cooler than the air above, and so the conditions that cause refraction, should be expected.

However, isn’t the same proportion of skyline always visible across Lake Ontario when looking at Toronto, for example?
Would this not change with different atmospheric conditions ? Would it not loom larger sometimes or distort ?
I don’t know.

Meanwhile, strawman arguments like ‘ superior mirages always invert ‘ can only make the research look weak.

Tom Dalpra
Tom Dalpra
6 years ago
Reply to  ab

Yeh, it’s this very evidence that’s always got me intrigued. Looking across water.
I’m just wary.

If we’re on a massive sphere looking across a tiny part of it covered in water, weird things might happen. We may be surprised that we can appear to see round the bend ?

I’m unconvinced, but aware that strange things happen at sea.