Suara.com – The phenomenon of snowflakes or upas dew occurs at the foot of Mount Semeru, Ranupani Village, Lumajang Regency, East Java. This phenomenon occurs due to the cold temperature around the foot of the mountain so that it attracts tourists.
According to the Head of the Lumajang Regency Tourism Office, Yuli Harismawati, tourists are deliberately waiting for the freezing dew phenomenon to capture it through photos and videos.
“This rare phenomenon has stolen the attention of a number of tourists and they are deliberately waiting for this phenomenon to occur and perpetuate it through photos or videos,” he said on Wednesday (27/7/2022).
Upas dew occurs because the cold air temperature is approaching 0 degrees Celsius in the Ranupani Village area, Senduro District, Lumajang Regency, causing the frozen phenomenon which is also called upas dew.
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“This phenomenon occurs almost every July to September because in that month the temperature in the Ranupani area approaches 0 degrees Celsius,” he said.
According to him, the location of Ranunpai which is at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level also affects this natural phenomenon, so that the phenomenon of snow dew can be seen on flat land, around Lake Ranupani and Ranu Regulo.
“Even the snow dew covered the surrounding plants, so it looked like snow was covering the outskirts of Ranupani Village, which is at the foot of Mount Semeru,” he said.
He explained that people who will see or enjoy the beauty of the snow dew phenomenon in Ranupani Village and its surroundings can come before sunrise, precisely at 05.00 WIB.
“If you want to see plants covered in snow, you don’t have to go far to New Zealand, tourists can come to Ranupani Village in Lumajang Regency,” he said.
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The hiking trail to Mount Semeru is still closed because the mountain which has a height of 3,676 meters above sea level is still on standby or level III in accordance with PVMBG recommendations. [ANTARA]