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Alaska Clouds
Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown on Friday morning, Dec. 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)