The Sahara desert is known for being one of the harshest and most inhospitable places on Earth. While the average daily temperature there is around 88 degrees, it can easily reach 120 degrees on a bad day! Not only is the Sahara deathly hot, it receives very little rain. Half of the desert receives less than one inch of rain each year, and the other half receives less than four inches. That’s why when the locals got a look at the weather this year, they couldn’t believe their eyes.
Residents of the small Algerian desert town, Ain Sefra, couldn’t believe their eyes when they awoke to snow covering the sand dunes! While it’s not unusual for the temperatures to dip well below freezing overnight, they certainly weren’t expecting snow. It wasn’t just a little snow either, some areas received as much as 16 inches worth!
The photographs coming out of the desert show the gorgeous red sand covered by smatterings of brilliant white snow, the contrast between the two colors is quite remarkable! The locals were quick to start recording the momentous occasion! In the last 37 years, this is only the fourth time that the Sahara has been covered by a blanket of the snow, and two of the last times occurred within one year of each other.
We’re so grateful that with today’s technology this mesmerizing site is able to be viewed around the world when it would have been a lost sight to so many in years gone by. As the desert’s heat returns, the snow melts away again, leaving no trace of the magic site that was once there. Hopefully, this is only the start of a truly magical year.