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Snow has been falling in the Sahara Desert

Posted on Thursday, 22 December, 2016 | Comment icon 34 comments
The unexpected flurry is the first to have been reported in the region for almost four decades.
The Sahara is one of the last places you would ever expect to see fresh snowfall, yet on Monday this week near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, visitors to the region were met by the breathtaking spectacle of desert sand dunes coated in a light dusting of snowflakes.

The only other time in recorded history that snow fell in the Sahara was way back in 1979.

"Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence," said Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer who managed to capture the remarkable scene on camera.

"It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos."

Source: Independent | Comments (34)

Tags: Sahara, Snow

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 28 December, 2016, 12:11
People had rough time cleaning that snow at over 50°C man.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Eldorado on 28 December, 2016, 13:27
It took three snow-camels to clear the roads!
Comment icon #27 Posted by Likely Guy on 28 December, 2016, 18:17
Comment icon #28 Posted by MWoo7 on 28 December, 2016, 18:36
haha good one ^ _  ^ Eldorado """" took three snow-camels to clear the roads! " yeah that's so they can get back to RACING !   Cold but not like Siberia, iiiiinnnnteresting -60 C == -60 F  a buBOATLOAD OF PREMIUM PICS TOO! Russian report, "Siberian Times"
Comment icon #29 Posted by blackstarraven on 28 December, 2016, 22:27
Actually that's pretty much the definition of "Surprising." It IS surprising. It's not "Unexplanable" One of the issues is that the experts look at it and give a few reason for the odd weather pasterns... And a group of people don't like any of the explanations so they just say 'nope, its just weird weather.'\ That's not how Science works.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Thorvir on 28 December, 2016, 22:54
How about unexpected then?  For me, though, I am not surprised about seeing snow in the "desert".  You also need to reference other posts in this thread, specifically post #23.  The location is high enough to have snow.  Therefore, it will snow there, and it should be expected from time to time. "Experts" and odd weather patterns when referring to a place that has had snow, can have snow, and did have snow....and yet you remain completely surprised and amazed that it happened. The explanations are quite obvious.  It's a place that can have snow, has had snow, and just had snow.  It's called we... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Goodf3llow on 28 December, 2016, 23:11
Comment icon #32 Posted by danielost on 29 December, 2016, 12:22
i wouldn't want to have a snowball fight.  some idiot would throw a grenade. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by South Alabam on 29 December, 2016, 15:30
We have a lot more change up north than we really knew about. Take Glacier girl for an example: On July 15, 1942, a flight of six P-38s and two B-17 bombers, with a total of 25 crew members on board, took off from Presque Isle Air Base in Maine headed for the U.K.  What followed was a harrowing and life-threatening landing of the entire squadron on a remote ice cap in Greenland. (See photo of downed P-38 from the "Lost Squadron.")  Miraculously, none of the crew was lost, and they were all rescued and returned safely home after spending several days on the desolate ice. Fifty years later a sma... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Keleneki on 12 January, 2017, 9:17
That is fantastic!  It is so beautiful.  

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