Post link 21 December 2016, 18:38
Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT for only second time in living memory.

Red sands turned white as icy flakes fell for the the first time since 1979 near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra yesterday afternoon

Algeria : Rare Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT
Rare snow has fallen in the Sahara desert (Photo: Geoff Robinson)

Most of Britain may not see a white Christmas this year - but the SAHARA could after snow fell on the desert for only the second time in living memory. Red sands turned white as icy flakes fell near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra yesterday afternoon. The last time snow fell on the dunes of the Sahara, the world's largest hot desert, was 37 years ago.



The amazing sight was documented in pictures by amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata.

Algeria : Rare Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT
It is the first time snow has fallen on the desert in 37 years (Photo: Geoff Robinson)

Algeria : Rare Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT
Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the snowfall (Photo: Geoff Robinson)

Snow was last seen in Ain Sefra, known as the Gateway to the Desert, on February 18, 1979. Then, the snow storm lasted just half an hour. But this time flakes stayed for about day in the town, which is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

Algeria : Rare Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT
Snow fell near Ain Sefra in Algeria (Photo: Geoff Robinson)

Karim said: "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. "The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away."

The Sahara covers most of northern Africa and has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years. The desert is one of the hottest and driest areas of the world today, although it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.

Ain Sefra's average temperature last year was 20C. But Storm Barbara is expected to wreak havoc with families' festive plans by pummeling parts of the country with wet and windy weather on Friday and Saturday.

BY CHRIS BAYNES 12:21, 20 DEC 2016 mirror.co.uk


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