Toronto Mirage in 1894

Quote by Erica Jong courtesy of

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day about a curious phenomenon which was deemed to be news-worthy when it happened in the summer of 1894 – a superior mirage.

The city of Toronto was seen briefly by citizens of our sister city, Buffalo NY, appearing to hover above Lake Ontario. It was believed that a temperature inversion on that hot summer’s day above the cool lake air created the illusion. Apropos my post a few days back, this event apparently was not recorded by a photographer and can only be imagined today.

George was informed of this event by a recent article reported in the Toronto Star.  We all recall mirages on hot days, often seen while driving when we approach a gently hilly area on our smoothly surfaced highways .

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