It Even Snowed In The Sahara Desert

It Even Snowed In The Sahara Desert

It Even Snowed In The Sahara Desert

It appears the United States isn't alone in experiencing record-setting cold this January.

Red dunes in northern Algeria's Ain Sefra, known as The Gateway to the Desert, were swept white after high pressure over Europe sent cold air further south than usual, U.K.'s national weather service told The Sun.

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

"We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again", photographer Karim Bouchetata told Shutterstock. Some reports say parts of the area got almost 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch.

Unfortunately rising temperatures meant it began to melt around 5 o'clock. Before that, the last snow was recorded in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979.

Freezing conditions, however, are not uncommon in the area which lies between the desert and the Atlas mountains.

While this year's snow in North Africa may feel unique, it's actually part of a larger weather pattern shift for the region. Snow also fell in the region in December, 2016 for the first time in many years. Though, with that kind of lead time, we'll all just have to imagine it.

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