Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert for the First Time in 40 Years–See the Amazing Photos!

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January 10, 2018

If you think you are having a cold and weird winter, wait until you see what happened this Sunday in the Sahara Desert.

 

 

The white you see in the satellite image above of the Sahara Desert isn’t clouds, it's snow!

 

Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the “Gateway to the Sahara” got a light dusting of snow, whereas other nearby parts reported to have nearly a foot!

 

For a place known to have some of the hottest temperatures on earth during the summer, seeing snow on the dunes of the Sahara is quite a strange sight to behold.

 

 

Deserts are known to have extreme temperature differences between night and day due to the dry air. During the winter, the lows during the night can actually get quite cold, even falling below freezing on some occasions.

 

Despite the cold temperatures, combining the cold with precipitation is even rarer. It is, after all, a desert, so any form of precipitation is going to be rare.

 

 

Photographers on scene said that the snow managed to stay around for most of the day.

 

“We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again,” said photographer Karim Bouchetata. “It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5 p.m.”

 

 

Take a look at the video below and take in the rare sight yourself!

 

 

In other news, a missing sports reporter was found this week in Houston. Read the full story in the article below!

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