Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snow Falls In Sahara Desert- 2nd Year in A Row

I’m at a loss just what to post here today- So I’m going with some interesting and unusual reports Link

On Sunday (7 January), one of the most unlikely places on our planet witnessed snowfall – the Sahara desert. Sand dunes in the Algerian town of Ain Sefra were blanketed by a 16-inch thick layer of snow when an unexpected winter storm struck the area in the early hours of the day.

The snow cover stayed for a few hours before melting down with rising temperatures. This was only the third snowfall to be recorded in the town, which experiences temperatures around 40°C during summers and is also known as 'The Gateway to the Desert'. 
An Earther report describes that the atmospheric rarity came to bear as a blast of cold air linked with a low-pressure weather over the western Mediterranean entered the town, bringing snowfall with it.

The same thing happened last year too but before that snowfall in the region occurred in 1979 and that too only for half an hour.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata, who captured the latest snow cover over sand dunes, told Daily Mail, "We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5pm."

 Over a foot of snow in the Sahara Desert
 The world's largest desert was blanketed in 16 inches of snow in the town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, also known as the "gateway to the desert."

I did cover the snow fall from last winter season??- Wait a minute, would that be 'winter' in the Sahara Desert in December/January? Is it accurate to designate that time frime as winter?
Are their differentiated seasons in that area?

Rare Snow Fall in the Sahara Desert- Only Twice in Living Memory


  1. I'm moving Yaya's comment here- it ended up in last years post on the snow in the Sahara

    yayacJanuary 11, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Haven't had time to read absolutely everything here about the snow in the Sahara, but in case you haven't seen this:

    Snopes statees there are three occasions of snow in the Sahara.

    What bothers me is the phrase "in living memory". That's my problem with weather stats because the recording does not go back very far and too often relies on what I would call recent experience, which to me is not an accurate indicator of weather patterns.

    Glad you raised the snow issue, though. Funny, you said you couldn't think what to write yesterday, yet came up with something interesting anyway. I had the same problem yesterday and took the day off. LOL

    1. Hey Yayac: There are three known occasions where snow fell in the Sahara - Two consecutive years and then one in the '70's

      Yes, the 'living memory' is problematic- because it's very short term- And it's not recorded other then by media reports like the ones posted here.

      As for not having anything to post.. I guess I've always got something saved in the longest bookmark list imaginable- hehe