The first time the Sahara Desert experienced snow was February 18, 1979. Even then, the snow storm reportedly lasted a mere 30 minutes.
This time, the snow lasted an entire day. This probably confirms scientists’ claim that the Sahara would become green again in about 15,000 years.
Reports by amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata, notes that the red sands of the Sahara Desert turned white on Monday afternoon as icy flakes fell on it for the first time since 1979.
The event reportedly happened near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra Monday afternoon.
The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert. The constantly high position of the sun, the extremely low relative humidity, the lack of vegetation and rainfall, make the Sahara the hottest continuously large area worldwide and the hottest place on Earth. It is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.
Bouchetata 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.”
Photo Credit: Picture taken on December 19th, 2016 shows the snow in the Sahara desert near the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria. England is not set to have a white Christmas – but SNOW has fallen in the SAHARA desert for only the SECOND time in living memory. Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata took incredible pictures of snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, yesterday afternoon (Mon). He captured the amazing moment snow fell on the red sand dunes in the world’s largest hot desert for the first time in 37 YEARS. Snow was last seen in Ain Sefra, known as “The Gateway to the Desert,” on February 18, 1979, when the snow storm lasted just half an hour. This time the snow stayed for a day in the town, which is around 1000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. 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.”