In a surprising turn of events, residents of Ain Sefra; a small desert town in Algeria, woke up to a sight that is scarcely ever seen in the desert; snow in the Sahara!
Surrounding areas of the Sahara Desert reportedly received up to fifteen inches of snow with its usually dusty, reddish dunes being replaced by sheets of pristine, white ice. The small town itself, which is popularly known as the “Gateway to the Sahara”, usually sees temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius which occasionally rise as high as 45 degrees Celsius during the day.
Despite this, frigid conditions are not completely unheard of in these parts; particularly in recent years. Indeed, the last time there was snow in the Sahara was as recent as December 2016!
What makes this occurrence truly unique however is the fact that the snow remained for a good portion of the day. While ice has been known to form during the night in the Sahara, it usually melts as the sun rises. In this case however, the snow decided to stick around for a little while; rewarding those in the immediate vicinity with some spectacular photo opportunities!
“We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again!” said photographer Karim Bouchetata. Bouchetata was one of numerous photographers that managed to capture the almost surreal sight. “It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at about 5 PM!” he added.
Numerous Algerians were seen making the most of the winter-y conditions; mischievously slipping, sliding and frolicking in the snow!
While such occurrences do raise red flags over the ever looming effects of global warming on our planet, it is undeniable that it was a beautiful sight to behold! All that’s left to say is; “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”!