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How can there be snow on Mount Everest when the peak of Mount Everest is above the cloud layer? I mean, no clouds means no rain. No rain means no snow. So how come there is snow on the top of Everest if the peak is above the cloud level?
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Your question was answered on quora dot com - Why-is-Everest-snowy-if-the-clouds-are-on-a-lower-altitude

Why is Everest snowy, if the clouds are on a lower altitude?
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Mark Grace
Mark Grace, Trekked from Lukla to Everest base camp in 2009
Answered Sep 13 2017 · Author has 1.4k answers and 2.1m answer views
Different types of clouds form at many different altitudes, including above the height of Everest. I'm guessing you actually knew this, as you know snow comes from clouds!

In actual fact there is very little snow on the high slopes of Everest compared with the peaks of other mountains in the region. This is due to the extreme altitude which brings amongst other things, extremely high winds (100 mph+ is common), which continuously blow snow off the mountain’s peak, in the form of ‘spindrift’ (see below). Everest is so high, the summit actually pokes into the jet stream.


The comparative lack of snow, plus the colour of the granite Everest largely consists of, has given rise to its occasional name ‘The Black Pyramid’. The photo below shows this well. It also shows clouds around the summit!


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Rebecca Campbell
Rebecca Campbell, Specialist at Apple (2016-present)
Answered Dec 31 2017
The clouds around Everest change every minute of every day, just like anywhere else in the world. What will keep the peaks snowy however when it seems like there isn’t any source for the snow, is the pretty constant low temperature, and the snow pack on the higher peaks. Snow packs are what can eventually evolve into glaciers.

Everest can get some intense storms, so the amount of the snow that can fall during these periods will keep the peaks snowy. However, you will see some peaks and sides of the mountains that aren’t covered in snow; these are Teflon peaks. This means they have a gradient of 45 degrees or higher, to which the snow cannot lie.


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Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte, Read a lot about Everest. Been to Base Camp
Answered Dec 29 2017 · Author has 3.5k answers and 4.3m answer views
Originally Answered: How do mountain peaks get covered in snow if the mountain peaks are higher than the clouds?
Different types of clouds form at different altitudes. Mountain peaks are higher than some clouds, but not all clouds. They get snowed on by the higher clouds. That’s really all there is to it.

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Denna Neff
Denna Neff, former Retired. AVP/Senior Analyst (SAS Programmer) at Citigroup (2005-2010)
Answered Mar 5 · Author has 183 answers and 15.4k answer views
Originally Answered: If the mount Everest lies above the cloud then how it can be snowy?
Some of these questions really make my brain curdle.

Let's just say there are more clouds above those on and around Mt. Everest that take snow preference than those where Mt. Everest sticks above.

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Bryan Manuel
Bryan Manuel, former Retired
Answered Mar 5 · Author has 214 answers and 8.8k answer views
Originally Answered: If the mount Everest lies above the cloud then how it can be snowy?
Because Mt Everest does NOT lie above cloud!

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Gerald Daumiller
Gerald Daumiller, former Cartographer (1981-2016)
Answered Mar 6 · Author has 351 answers and 72.2k answer views
Originally Answered: If the mount Everest lies above the cloud then how it can be snowy?
Mount Everest does not always lie above the clouds. The snow on Everest comes from clouds that are higher than Mount Everest.

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Jay R Worsham
Jay R Worsham, former Broadcaster/newspaper Reporter
Answered Dec 29 2017 · Author has 982 answers and 436.9k answer views
Because not all clouds are at a lower altitude.

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Well, that answers my my question more than fully. Thanks Hudges, be thou Mr, Mrs or Ms?
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