Thursday, January 20, 2011
Here is a link to October images of Kilimanjaro's weather stations. Penitentes were present at the time on most glacier surfaces, and these appear in the images. Depending upon their size, penitentes can make glacier travel rather difficult. On Kibo it is unusual to find them greater than about 0.5m in height, but in the dry Andes they develop to heights of several meters. Currently the glacier surface is likely to be much flatter, as ablation continued through what normally are the wet months of November and December.