Snowfall continued through
the final week of April, bringing total accumulation to 44 cm. This is the most snow for
any April since our records began in 2000. Humidity was high, incoming
solar radiation was low, and April 2012 established a new record for
the lowest mean monthly wind speed, at only 10.2 km/hr! All monthly values are provided here.
[UPDATE 5/7: The photo above was taken on 1 May, clearly illustrating the late-April snow (courtesy Simon Mtuy).]
News and notes on Kilimanjaro's summit glaciers and climate.
UMass Climate System Research Center studies on Kibo have been underway since February 2000, documenting and investigating the environmental changes underway. An overview of the work is here, and publications are available here.
We welcome your observations and images for inclusion here. Been to the summit lately? Let us know how much snow you observed; be sure to include dates and locations!
contact: dhardy AT geo.umass.edu
This project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (Grants No. 0402557 & 0952829, awarded to DRH), and NOAA (OGP Climate Change Data and Detection Program & U.S. Global Climate Observing System). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or NOAA.
We sincerely thank the Tanzanian governmental agencies who make this research possible: COSTECH, Immigration, TAWIRI, TANAPA, and KINAPA.