Sahara desert covered in Snow for the 3rd time in 40 years

Rare Blankets of Snow has covered up Sahara desert, covering up the desert dunes in a layer up to 40cm deep. This is the third time in nearly 40 years for this to happen.

Snow started falling on the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the early hours of Sunday morning, giving children an opportunity to race each other down the slopes. Rising temperatures meant it began to melt later in the day.

Past Snowfalls in Sahara Desert

Though Snow in the Sahara Desert is unusual, it is not unheard of. In 1979, a snowstorm lasting half an hour stopped traffic.

Two years ago, snow settled for around a day, and the town saw snowfall again last year.

Possible cause for Sahara Snow Fall

With the setup over Europe at the moment that has given a cold weather mostly over the weekend, a push southwards of cold air into that region and some sort of moisture might have brought that snow.

Ain Sefra, which was founded in 1881 as a French garrison town, sees average high temperatures of over 37C in summer and has seen record lows of -10.2C in winter.

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Written by Kalema Lawrence

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