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.
“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.”
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.