Kilimanjaro Regaining its Snow Cap
Who can forget Al Gore's stunning statement in "An Inconvenient Truth" back in 2005: "Within the decade, there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro." Devastating. The problem for Al "Global Warming Huckster" Gore is that Kilimanjaro is regaining its snow cap. Even if it wasn't regaining its snow cap, it's quite possible that it didn't lose it due to changes in temperature.
There wasn't any change in temperature near Kilimanjaro. Scientists generally look for many possible causes for a certain phenomenon. In the case of Kilimanjaro, the snow was drying and evaporating. Why? Because of deforestation below it.
“Deforestation of the mountain`s foothills is the most likely culprit because without forests there is too much evaporation of humidity into outer space.
"The result is that moisture-laden winds blowing across those forests have become drier and drier,“ he explained.
“Loss of humidity automatically leads to a reduction in cloud cover. Clouds play a crucial role in protecting ice from sunrays, with fewer sunrays meaning faster freezing of water,“ he added, citing reduced precipitation as another reason for the receding ice cover on the mountain`s summit.
As for the warming of Kilimanjaro, wouldn't there be meltwater? There is only a trickle. See OSU's Dr. Lonnie Thompson pushes gloom and doom, still thinks the snows of Kilimanjaro are melting due to to Global Warming.
"The ice cap on Kilimanjaro consists of ice on the 5,700-meter-high flat summit, some with vertical edges, and several slope glaciers, mostly at altitudes where temperatures stay well below freezing and the major source of energy is solar radiation. Considerable infrared radiation is emitted from the glacier surface into the surrounding air, and the glaciers lose the most mass through sublimation-the direct conversion of ice to water vapor. Observers have seen only a trickle of meltwater."