Sahara Desert Gets First Snowfall In 37 Years

Snow

Karim Bouchetata

This past Monday, snow fell on the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years.

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata managed to capture the incredible scene as snowfall coated the dramatic red dunes of Aïn Séfra, Algeria.

Little Dune

Karim Bouchetata

“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert,” said Bouchetata. “It is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.”

Snow Dunes

Karim Bouchetata

The last time snowflakes fell in the Sahara was when a blizzard hit in 1979. While that storm lasted just half an hour, Monday’s storm continued for a full day.

It’s hard to overstate how rare this is in the Sahara, the world’s largest desert and one of the driest and hottest places on Earth, with summertime average temperatures regularly exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Goodbye Snow

Karim Bouchetata

Orange Snow

Karim Bouchetata

Snow Dune

Karim Bouchetata

Snow Towers

Karim Bouchetata


Next, gaze into the eye of the Sahara Desert. Then, check out the Sahara’s Desert Breath landmark.

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