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Rare Snowfall in the Sahara Desert

Heavy snow in a high-altitude region of the Sahara Desert located in northern Algeria. The area has experienced snowfall in the past, and these events often generate significant media coverage due to the seemingly counterintuitive nature of snow falling in a desert. That media coverage often comes with the claim that it is the first time snow has touched desert sand in decades — despite the fact that such occurrences take place fairly regularly.

Snow has fallen in the Sahara, covering desert dunes in a layer up to 40cm deep. It is the third time in nearly 40 years the town, known as “The Gateway to the Desert”, has seen snowfall. It is the third time in nearly 40 years the town, known as “The Gateway to the Desert”, has seen snowfall.

Snow started falling on the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the early hours of Sunday morning, giving children an opportunity to race each other down the slopes. Rising temperatures meant it began to melt later in the day

 

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