Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ski Africa!

From a satellite's perspective, Kilimanjaro emerged from thick cloud cover yesterday, revealing substantial snow blanketing the upper ~1300 m of the entire mountain (i.e., above about 4600 m / 15,100 ft). This is an area of ~50 km^2.

Distinguishing between fresh snow and thin, low clouds is difficult on this particular image - yet snowcover appears remarkably uniform. On such a big mountain, precipitation often varies spatially, reflecting interaction of the massif with regional circulation.

Not often is it possible to ski 1000+ meters at 3° south latitude. But if snow accumulation continues through May, as it typically does, t
his June might be a great time to ski the mountain - with appropriate COVID-19 precautions.


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