SNOW blankets the Algerian Sahara for 2nd year in a row

Written by on January 12, 2018 in Africa, Autumn 2017, Rest of World, Summer 2017, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments

On the very same day (Sunday 8 January) as Sydney, Australia endured it’s 2nd hottest day on record, upwards of 16 inches of snow fell in the Algerian desert town of Ain Sefra. Unusually cold air dove unusually far south into Africa which helped deliver the rare snowstorm.

Excerpt from Capital Weather Gang

While the eastern United States was hunkering down in an exceptionally cold Arctic blast this past weekend, another part of the world, much less familiar with winter, braced for similar weather on Sunday — the Sahara Desert.
The freak snow shower coated the giant sandy dunes of the Sahara, known first and foremost for its deadly, suffocating heat. The closest town, Ain Sefra, Algeria, hadn’t seen snow in nearly 40 years until it happened for the first time this century in 2017. Even more odd, now, is the fact that it snowed two years in a row.
In 1979, a similar snowstorm lasted about 30 minutes. The winter storms in Algeria, they are short.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Karim Bouchetata/Geoff Robinson Photography

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