NASA’s Terra satellite captured the winter of Lesotho. It is winter in the southern hemisphere, and a winter weather front dropped 5-30cm of snow on most of the country on Aug. 9 and 10.

Credit: NASA

Lesotho is an enclaved country in southern Africa which declared independence from the U.K. in 1966. It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000m in elevation which keeps the country remain cooler throughout the year than other regions at the same latitude. The economy of Lesotho is based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining, and depends heavily on inflows of workers’ remittances and receipts from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Acacia Africa

Reference: A Winter Blanket for Lesotho (NASA Earth Observatory)
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