What a Rare Snow in the Sahara Looks Like From Space

13 January, 2018, 06:07 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • The Sahara Desert has experienced the biggest snowfall in the living memory

Photographers Hamouda Ben Jerad and Sekkouri Kamel captured people slipping and sliding down the sand dunes after the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra saw up to 40cm of snow fall during a freak winter storm on Sunday.

A year ago the town, known as "The Gateway to the Desert" saw deep snow shortly after Christmas and it caused chaos, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.

Before this, the last recorded snowfall in Sahara desert was in 1979.

"There is exceptional weather at all places, and this did not happen because of climate change".

In some parts of the sand dunes, the snow cover was 15 inches (or 40 cms) thick, transforming the landscape into an otherworldly scene of white and red on.

What a Rare Snow in the Sahara Looks Like From Space

According to atmospheric scientist Mike Kaplan at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, this isn't just a Sahara issue, it is an entire northern hemisphere issue.

"It just doesn't happen every year", Kaplan says.

The freak weather occurrence was associated with the atmospheric pattern that brought a bad winter storm across the Atlantic seaboard of the United States.

The snowfall in the Sahara is only one of the various extreme weather occurrences that are happening around the globe.

After that, 37 years later, the Sahara enjoyed snowfall for the first time in a long time in 2016 again.

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