For the first time in more than three decades, locals living in the most arid, sandy and hostile environment in the world – Sahara desert, woke up to a white snowy Christmas weather.
The incredible image was captures by an amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata, who share the amazing picture of snow covered area in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, Monday, December 19, afternoon and shared it on his Tweeter page with caption:
“I little global warming fell in the Sahara desert today. First time in 37 years.”
The town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, Africa is known as ‘the Gateway to the Sahara Desert,’ and this snowy climate change is generally known as a rare occurrence because no one would normally attribute snowy weather to the largest hot desert in the world.
According to Bouchetata, “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.”
From historical reports, snow fall in Sahara desert had only happened once, thus the Monday snow fall was the second since February 18, 1979 in Ain Sefra.
About the Sahara Desert
Sahara is an Arabic language meaning, ‘desert.’ Its area which span as far as 9,200,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sqr mi) is comparable to the area of the United States, hence is regarded as the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic, with the maximum temperature of 47 °C (117 °F).
The Sahara desert comprises much of North Africa and can be divided into several regions, including the western Sahara, the central Ahaggar Mountains, the Tibesti Mountains, the Aïr Mountains, the Ténéré desert, and the Libyan Desert.
A little #GlobalWarming fell in the Sahara Desert today. First time in 37 years.
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) December 20, 2016