Again? No, snow is a thing of the past!
Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021
CAIRO: Temperatures have fallen in the Sahara desert to as low as -3C, leaving sand dunes in one Algerian town dusted with snow.
This drop in temperature allowed the town of Ain Sefra to experience snow for only the fourth time in 42 years. The other three times were in 1979, 2017, and 2018. In 2017, a blizzard dumped snow up to a meter deep in Ain Sefra.
Photographer Karim Bouchetata posted dramatic images and video of the unique weather in the remote town.
Ain Sefra is located in the Atlas Mountains, 1,000 meters above sea level and is known as “the gateway to the desert.”
It lies in the Naama province of Algeria in the northern part of the Sahara, near to the Moroccan border.
Central Russia is buried in snowdrifts, of which many remember only a distant childhood!
Did you know that even today the Sahara desert was covered with snow? More precisely, its surroundings are in Algeria and Saudi Arabia. The last time it snowed here was in 2018.
In general, the cold in winter is not uncommon here. Desert nights are far from hot, even in summer.
However, this time it dropped to -2 ° C. For the first time in 40 years!
And the blame for everything is a cold anticyclone originating in Central Asia. The temperature dropped to negative values a week ago. And now, the snow has fallen!
The rare occurrence has caused great unrest among tourists and locals. You can admire the snow-covered dunes in the numerous pictures published on the Internet.
On January 10, locals in the mountainous region were treated to a flurry of snow.
Snow also fell near the desert town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria this week.
Photographer Karim Bouchetata took incredible photos of ice covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town.
Sheep were seen standing on the ice-covered dunes on Wednesday as temperatures dipped to -3C.
Aïn Séfra – known as “The Gateway to the Desert” – is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.
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