Snow falls in Sahara desert for the first time in 37 years (PHOTOS)

Ain Sefra – An amateur photographer has captured rare and beautiful imagesof the first snowfall in the Sahara desert for nearly 40 years.
Karim Bouchetata photographed the fleeting scene on Monday in the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which lies in the Atlas Mountains on the northern edge of the desert.
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Snow falls in Sahara desert for the first time in 37 years
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“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence,” Mr Bouchetata explained. “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.”
Reports suggest it is only the second time in living memory snow has fallen in one of the most hostile environments on Earth.
In his images a thin layer of snow rests on deep orange dunes, where he said it stayed for about a day, and forms whirling patterns where the slopes are too steep for it to settle. Snow was reportedly last seen in Ain Sefra in 1979, when a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic.
Metro
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