Snow skiing and sledging is the main attraction of winter holidays. After Christmas, of course! But surely, Sahara Desert is that last place that will come to your mind when it comes to these winter activities. However, this year, your wildest thoughts might just come true!
This year was one of the coldest, so much that the Niagara Falls froze and parts of Canada went -38⁰C. In addition to these, the African desert of Sahara too saw a little miracle. Yes, a snowfall.
The desert which is usually lashing heat waves has now become a winter wonder due to a snowstorm. The snow blanket is said to be as thick as 16 inches and that too in a single day! The Saharan town looked pretty like a milky coffee froth, to say the least!
Sahara’s stint with snow was seen for the third time in a period of 40 years. Ain Sefra, a town in Algeria saw snowfall last year which was Africa’s second spell in that time span.
Even though the town saw snow that was just a few inches, the sand dunes were completely snow-capped.
While talking to the Daily Mail, photographer Karim Bouchetata said, "We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5 pm."
A Met Office spokesperson said this morning: "Cold air was pulled down south into North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe. The high pressure meant the cold weather extended further south than normal."
Africa turned into a winter wonderland in early 2017, when the town experienced enough snowfall to see children build snowmen and go sledging.
The usually hot town even faced problems because of the snowfall and the roads became icy around the Christmas Eve, leaving many passengers stranded on the bus. This led to a chaotic situation.
The first incident of snow, however, dates back to 1979 when a snowstorm hit the region. However, the outbreak lasted only for half an hour.
Surrounded by the Atlas Mountain, Ain Sefra is situated 3,280ft above sea level. Snow is still a rare thing even though the town is at such a high altitude. Even the temperature here does not drop below six degrees Celsius.
Information & images source: ladbible
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