It snows in winter is quite natural, including these photos below. But, to be not thought like you this zone, if you’re carful.
Sahara desert was situated on the North Africa. Residents of Ain Sefra, an Algerian town on the northwest edge of it, who witnessed a stunning sight: one of Earth’s most arid zone has experienced the biggest snowfall. Most people had never witness all of these strange natural events, but you need to know they are real (and definitely not the result of Photoshop). This is one of the craziest scene.
Take a look at some of the stunning photos captured by local photographer.
Snow isn’t particularly common in Ain Sefra. In December 2016, snow was reported in the town for the first time since 1979.
The U.S. Geological Survey noted at the time that snow is not uncommon at Africa’s higher elevations, but said it “seldom falls” at the edge of the desert.
That weird weather wasn’t isolated, either, says atmospheric scientist Mike Kaplan at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada.
“The Sahara is as large as the United States, and there are very few weather stations,” he said. “So it’s ridiculous to say that this is the first, second, third time it snowed, as nobody would know how many times it has snowed in the past unless they were there.”
While this week’s Saharan snowstorm was unusual, “it’s not like it’s never happened before, Kaplan says. Past wintertime saw a similar dusting of snow over the Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which NASA’s Earth Lookout says is sometimes called the “gateway to the desert.
Normally, we will see cold weather in the north and warm air in the south. But, Kaplan said, sometimes “the buildup of warm air in the south and cold air in the north gets so extreme that the pattern will break down” and weather patterns will flip.This is why Alaska’s has had a relatively mild winter compared to the East Coast, which saw temperatures as cold as Mars in the last two weeks.” “It just doesn’t happen every year,” plus, Kaplan said. “A year seems like a long time to you and me, but it’s not a long time for the atmosphere.”
“Though [Ain Sefra’s] winter temperatures are known to drop into the 30s, snow is as rare as the cool temperatures given that just a few centimeters of precipitation fall there annually,” the agency said.
“It is so rare that it’s a whole year since it last happened,” joked Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science and the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.
Kamel Sekkouri, who said he has seen snowfall in the Ain Sefra area five times, still marvels at it. “When you walk in the snowy dunes, you feel like you are in Mars or Uranus,” he said.