Looks like glaciers are growing on Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is now covered by snow in an unusually long stint attributed to the long rains from January to May this year.

Kilimanjaro National Park Chief Park Warden, Ms Bertita Loibooki told the ‘Daily News’ yesterday that the observed snow on the mountain’s highest peak plays an important role in protection of glacier from sublimation.

The snow plays a key role in protecting glacier from melting, Ms Loibooki further said.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201806140546.html

Thanks to Adoni for this link

“It looks like the glacier is growing,” says Adoni.


7 thoughts on “Looks like glaciers are growing on Mount Kilimanjaro

  1. Mrs Loibooki shall surely go down in history for her observance & prophetical wisdom. Who’d a thunk it, snow protecting the glaciers!

  2. AGW will be proven wrong as global temperatures fail to show any further warming much less now in a cooling trend.

    Overall sea surface temperatures now in a nice down trend. This being due to very weak solar (UV/NEAR UV LIGHT ) which is what determines sea surface temperatures not the phony CO2/INFRARED relationship versus sea surface temperatures.

    The North Atlantic now -.60c below 1981-2010 means needs to be monitored along with land areas in the high Arctic. This is a place where change could impact the global climate.

    AGW THEROY – not one of the basic premises has come to be from the lower troposphere hot spot, to distinct stratospheric cooling, to a decrease in OLR, to a more zonal atmospheric circulation to overall sea surface temperatures warming.

    ENSO a natural CLIMATIC FACTOR was responsible for the recent warmth not AGW. One can see this by looking at the MEI index over the past few years.

    My two solar conditions for cooling are now present which are 10+ years of sub solar activity in general (which started in year 2005) and within this sub solar activity in general a period of very low average value solar parameters (which started in year 2018/late 2017) whose values are greater in degree of magnitude and duration of time which commonly occurs between typical solar minimums between normal sunspot cycles.

    The theory is simple which is very low prolonged minimum solar conditions result in overall lower sea surface temperatures (less UV/NEAR UV LIGHT )and a slightly higher albedo(due to an increase in explosive volcanic activity and an increase in snow/cloud coverage the result lower global temperatures.

    The geo magnetic field modifying the solar activity.

    The upshot is a climatic regime change which happens in decades if not years. Since post Dalton times till now the climate has been in the same climatic regime. It is common to have temperature fluctuations of +/- 1 c within a climatic regime due to ENSO/VOLCANIC ACTIVITY.

    When the climate changes to another climate regime it usually happens at the top of the previous climatic regime and changes in the opposite direction. This is what I think is taking place now with year 2018 being the transitional year. If one looks at the climatic history that is what it shows more often then not.

    In addition if one looks at the climatic history they will see the climate of today is in no way unique, and that every period of prolonged solar activity has been associated with lower overall global temperatures.

    I say if my theory is correct AGW will be proven wrong prior to year 2020.

  3. Excellent news, GSM cooling applies not only to high latitudes but also to high tropical altitudes as the bubble of warm atmosphere tropical Hadley cell shrinks. Meridional jet streams not only cool temperate regions but also removes heat from tropical regions and transports it to the poles to be radiated to space. All part of the normal cyclic atmospheric heat management system of the Earth.
    Other tropical mountain and volcanos above 4000M should start to show similar events, as the cyclic climate effects of the GSM cooling take hold over the next 30 years.

  4. and wheres the goracle and the rest?
    was never going to snow again and the glacier was supposed to be long gone already wasn;t it???

  5. There is one really important point that seems to be missed. The glaciers of Kilimanjaro were not and are not melting. The mountain top is very cold and doesn’t get cold enough. Studies done in the ’90s and earlier showed that the ice was subliming – converting directly to water vapour as light struck the ice’s surface. The reason identified cause of the loss as the deforestation around the base of the mountain. Forests produce their own microclimates and among the services they provided locally were increased moisture, mist formation and precipitation on the mountain top. Agricultural clearing and timber production changed all that.

    • Important point to make, Duster. Nothing happens on this planet inside a vacuum (save for experimentation.) As the surrounding plains were denuded of forests to feed increasing population growth, the effects of drought were more pronounced. I believe Tanzania’s government has made reforestation surrounding the base of Mt Kilimanjaro a priority because, if for no other reason, it will help with reducing rainy season runoff, improving subsurface aquifer replenishment, and—as a side note—allow for less sublimation of the remaining glacier atop the mountain.

      I’m pleased to hear of news from natural world icons like this, as well as of places outside the U.S., western Europe, and the like. The world is a big place and it’s remarkably interesting everywhere one goes.

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