So beginning about 2:15 p.m. yesterday and continuing at approximately every five minutes for about an hour and a half, I witnessed from my 10th floor office window in Westchester the release of smoke drifiting inland across the skies above LAX/El Segundo. At first I freaked because seeing smoke pour into the air over an airport is never a good thing, but then it happened a second time and I realized it had to be intentional and controlled so I set up the cam and snapped away. I then compiled the images into the following timelapse which actually contains two sequences: the first (at 7.2 x zoom) of which took place between 2:34 and 2:36 p.m., the second (at 12x zoom) about 10 minutes later. The source of the smoke is obscured by the building in the foreground, but that’s the airport’s old control tower next to it and since it seems the smoke’s entering the airspace behind it I can only guess it’s from some type of plant in El Segundo. If/even so: still trippy. Anyone know the source?
UPDATE (02.01): B.la reader Matt totally solved it: Chevron reports its released steam from their refinery operations out there.