Post 37 years, Sahara Desert encountered snow storm
The hottest desert in the world was finally graced with the presence of snow. You read it right. Sahara desert finally witnessed snowfall after long and agonizing wait of nearly 40 years. The saying that ‘Africa can’t witness the winter’ seems to have become a history now.
The rare occurrence was noted on Monday when an amateur photographer clicked some breathtaking pictures of the snowfall in the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which lies in the Atlas Mountains on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert.
The photographs came as a unique piece of nature, which are now floating all over the world-wide web. The snow has now melted causing the beautiful sight to disappear from Sahara but not before leaving behind some awe-inspiring memories. The last when Ain Sefra witnessed snow was reportedly in 1979.
Ain Sefra is located on the rear side of Sahara and known as the ‘Gateway to the Desert’. It was found in 1881 as a French Garrison Town with an average temperature of 37C in summers and -10C in the winters. Even with such low temperature in winters, snowfall is a rarest of the rare sight in the town as witnessed recently.
Karim Bouchetata who documented the amazing sight was himself awe-struck with the stunning view of the Sahara covered in snowflakes. He admitted, “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.”
The Sahara has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years and covers most of northern Africa. This snowfall came as a surprise after the forecasters’ announcement of no snowfall this Christmas season. May be this is a Christmas present by Santa Claus himself. You never know.