Snow falls in Sahara for first time in 37 years

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata takes stunning pictures of snow falling on dunes of Sahara


News Desk December 22, 2016
PHOTO: Karim Bouchetata

Sahara desert has been hit by snow fall for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata took stunning pictures of snow falling on the world’s largest hot desert. Bouchetata took the photographs on December 19 in a small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria.

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“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence,” Bouchetata explained.

“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.”

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Further, reports indicate this may be the second time in all of history snow has fallen in the desert. Snow falling on sand dunes is extremely rare, Live Science said.

“On February 18, 1979, low altitude areas of the Sahara desert recorded their first snowfall in living memory,” the site reported.

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“Snow fell in spots of Southern Algeria, where a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic.” One of the hottest regions in the world; temperatures in Sahara have surpassed 47 °C (117 °F) in the past.

This article originally appeared on Telegraph.

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