For the first time in almost forty years, the Sahara Desert, the world’s largest desert, experienced a snowfall. In comparison to the first snowfall in the desert which lasted 30 minutes, this lasted almost a full day. This may corroborate scientists’ claim that the Sahara would become green again in about 15,000 years.
Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer claimed that the red sands of the Sahara Desert turned white on Monday afternoon as icy flakes fell on it for the first time since 1979. The event reportedly happened near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.
The first time the Sahara Desert experienced snow was February 18, 1979. Even then, the snow storm reportedly lasted a mere 30 minutes.
Bouchetata said: “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert. It is such a rare occurrence. “It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away.”