We have heard a lot about global warming in recent years, which is why it may surprise you to learn that on Wednesday, January 13, snow fell across part of the Sahara desert.
It happened near Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria. Temperatures had dipped down below freezing in that area, which is about 3300 feet above sea level.
Karim Bouchetata is a photographer who was on hand to capture some pictures of the beauty that surrounded the area. It was an unexpected pleasure to see the snowfall on sand dunes.
Desert USA talks about the Sahara as being an area of the planet that has severe climate extremes. There is not much rainfall, the temperatures can fluctuate widely and there are very strong winds.
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Many parts of the desert have recorded colder temperatures and it does get colder at night. Since there is not much moisture that falls throughout the year, however, it is not very common for it to snow.
Although this snow may come as a surprise to many who are seeing the pictures, Ain Sefra has been the site of other snowfalls in recent years. This includes snow that happened in January 2018 and was up to 16 inches deep.
According to Forbes, that snowfall doesn’t happen very often and it has only been recorded three times in the past 37 years. That includes in 2016 and 2017. Prior to that, it was 1979.
If you happen to be in Ain Sefra in July, you might get temperatures of up to 100°F. Getting down to freezing is quite a drop. The last snowfall came as somewhat of a surprise, so people were trying their best to clear the roads and get on with their life.
History has also shown that there have been some significant fluctuations in rainfall and temperature throughout the Sahara desert. At this time, it is dry but it seems as if there were large lakes, human settlements, vegetation, and animals in this area of northern Africa in the past.
It is expected that the Sahara desert will be green again in about 15,000 years. That goes along with what we know of history, as the climate changes between wet and dry every 20,000 years or so.
Geo News is reporting that weather is also strange in other parts of the earth. This includes in Saudi Arabia, where the Aseer region was blanketed with snow. That mountainous region became quite a local spectacle as people were rushing to see the unusual occurrence.
Apparently, that region has not seen below freezing temperatures in more than five decades. Many of the locals could not say enough about the unusual weather they were witnessing.Whizzco