Snow falls in the Sahara desert

Snow fell for a full day in the Sahara desert (No need to clean your eyes, you read right) on the 19th of December, 2016.

It was the second time ever such an incident would ever occur. The only previous time was on the 18th of February, 1979, when it snowed for about 30 minutes.

The anomaly occurred in the near the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra. Photographer Karim Bouchetata took photos of the snow-covered red sands of the desert.

“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert. It is such a rare occurrence,” he said.

“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.”

The Sahara desert is the world’s largest desert and the hottest place on earth. Scientists however predict that it could become a grassland again in about 15,000 years.

See amazing photos of the snow-covered desert below! Photo credit: Geoff Robinson.

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