Monday, November 5, 2012

Seasonal change

Kilimanjaro's extended dry season appears to be coming to a close, based on AWS measurements via telemetry. About 20 cm of horizontal glacier surface ablation occurred between the time of our fieldwork visit at the end of September, terminated by a couple days of snowfall on 11 and 12 October. This event brought ~6 cm of accumulation; after mid-October there was essentially no change in the surface height.

The monthly mean weather for October is available here. As expected going into November, mean air temperature is increasing, along with humidity. A snowfall event during the first few days of November suggests that the short rains will be underway soon.

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