Sahara Snowfall: Winter Storm Touches Algeria

Sahara Snowfall: Winter Storm Touches Algeria

Nope, that's not just really white sand. According to some reports, parts of the area received almost 15 inches of snow.

Snow rarely falls in the Sahara where temperatures in the summer frequently hit 38C to 40C (100F to 104F), but it is the third time in nearly 40 years that Ain Sefra has seen snow, with it also receiving a blanketing in 2016 and 2017.

Meteorologists believe that this freaky twist of weather is because of the result of high pressure over Europe pushing low-pressure systems unusually far south.

The last time snow fell on Ain Sefra, home to roughly 35,000 people, was in 2016.

It's almost impossible to put a firm number on how many times snow has fallen in the Sahara, a University of Cologne geologist who has been researching the desert's climate for years, told The New York Times on Tuesday.

The latest snowfall took place on the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This is the second year in a row that snow fell on the sands of the Sahara desert.

But given that the photos appear to be taken in areas located at a higher altitude, a spokesperson for The Met Office told The Independent that snow isn't as unusual as one would think.

"Though [Ain Sefra's] winter temperatures are known to drop into the 30s, snow is as rare as the cool temperatures given that just a few centimeters of precipitation fall there annually", the agency said. And though Algeria is a long way off from the East Coast of the United States, the same cold front contributed to snow in both places.

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