The first time the Sahara Desert experienced snow was February 18, 1979. Even then, the snow storm reportedly lasted a mere 30 minutes.
This time, the snow lasted an entire day. This probably confirms scientists’ claim that the Sahara would become green again in about 15,000 years.
Reports by amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata, notes 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 Monday afternoon.
The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert. The constantly high position of the sun, the extremely low relative humidity, the lack of vegetation and rainfall, make the Sahara the hottest continuously large area worldwide and the hottest place on Earth. It is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.
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.”