Snow falls on the Sahara Desert for the first time in decades
Snow has fallen on the Sahara desert for only the second time in living memory, with an amateur photographer capturing images of the rare phenomenon.
Karim Bouchetata took the pictures in his home town of Ain Sefra in the north of Algeria, near the border of Morocco.
While it’s not unusual for snow to fall on mountains in the Sahara region, snow rarely reaches the lowlands of the desert.
In fact, the last time the Sahara’s red sands turned white was in February in 1979, when southern Algeria experienced a thirty-minute snow storm, which was severe enough to stop traffic.
According to Bouchetata, yesterday’s snow lasted for a whole day on the sand before it melted away, thrilling and surprising the locals.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, and extends across most of Northern Africa.
our warming world!..this wouldnt be a popular story for mainstream news..
“the last time the Sahara’s red sands turned white was in February in 1979”