Weird News It Just Snowed In the Sahara for the Second Time In Less Than a Month

09:31  07 february  2018
09:31  07 february  2018 Source:   Mental Floss

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On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the "Gateway to the Sahara ," experienced a substantial amount of snow for reportedly the third time in 40 years. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches of snow , but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch.

For just . And yet, for the second time in two years, winter has come once again to the dunes. In some parts of the Sahara , the snow was as deep as 15 inches, while CNN reports that the town itself experienced less than one inch of snow .

a close up of a logo: It Just Snowed In the Sahara for the Second Time In Less Than a Month © iStock It Just Snowed In the Sahara for the Second Time In Less Than a Month The town of Aïn Séfra, Algeria might need to find a new nickname. Though it’s often referred to as “The Gateway to the Sahara,” the 137-year-old province in northwest Algeria is currently digging out from a rare—and unexpected—snowstorm that left the desert town covered in several inches of snow and battling sub-zero temperatures.

While the Daily Mail reported that “locals took to the nearby sand dunes to enjoy the unusual weather,” the strangest part of the story is that this is Aïn Séfra’s second snowfall in less than a month. On Sunday, January 7, a freak blizzard left parts of the Sahara blanketed in as much as 16 inches of snow.

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While the Daily Mail reported that “locals took to the nearby sand dunes to enjoy the unusual weather,” the strangest part of the story is that this is Aïn Séfra’s second snowfall in less than a month . On Sunday, January 7, a freak blizzard left parts of the Sahara blanketed in as much as 16 inches of

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.

This most recent storm marked the region’s fourth snowfall in nearly 40 years; in addition to January's dose of the white stuff, the area has been hit with other surprise wintry events in February 1979 and December 2016.

But North Africa isn’t the only area that’s seeing record-breaking weather events.

On Saturday, February 3, 17 inches of snow fell on Moscow within 24 hours in what the country has dubbed “the snowfall of the century.” In mid-January, Oymyakon, Russia—a rural village in the Yakutia region, which is already well known as one of the coldest inhabited areas of the world—saw temperatures drop to -88.6°F, making it chilly enough to both bust thermometers and freeze people’s eyelashes. And you thought dealing with single-digit temperatures was tough!

[h/t: Daily Mail]

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