National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a report on his network where it shows two Photos of Andes MountainsBetween July 7 and 21, a comparison showing the accumulation of snow.
The Andean landscape surprised the space agency, which dedicated a publication to the recorded event. In this it can be seen that Snow almost completely covers some areas of Chile, something unusual in that country.
The agency noted via its social network that: “As extreme heat waves deepened drought and fueled wildfires in the Northern Hemisphere, winter storms arose south of the equator.”
As a consequence, he warned, the incident brought “Rain in central Chile and increased snow cover at the top of the Andes, an important water reserve”, In a NASA publication, a satellite image was attached in which the results of the snowfall in the central region of Chile can be seen.
As extreme summer heatwaves deepened droughts and fueled wildfires in the Northern Hemisphere, winter storms brewed south of the equator bringing rainfall to central Chile and adding to the snowpack atop the Andes—a critical water reserve. https://t.co/TjXYwHeKSt pic.twitter.com/HfbyYVFOsl
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) July 20, 2022
Through its official site, the North American agency explained that The picture was taken on July 16 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra Science research satellite.
Despite La Nia conditions offshore in the Pacific, the region received heavy rain and snow, which usually brings dry winters. Further, he highlighted that these rains have brought temporary relief to the region severely affected by drought.
“The storm was the result of a blocked anticyclonic atmospheric pattern near the Antarctic Peninsula that diverted several extratropical cyclones toward Chile,” he specified.
They concluded: “Two weather systems, July 9–10 and July 14–15, brought rain along the coast and snow in the mountains.”