Snowfall In Sahara Desert
- Snowfall in Sahara Desert was a rare event.
- Snow settled on the sand and ice covered the sand dunes, after temperatures dropped below freezing point.
- Temperatures as high as 58 degrees Celsius, have been recorded there.
- The town of Ain-Sefra is located in Naama province of north-western Algeria.
- It is known as “The Gateway to the Sahara”.
- It is surrounded by Atlas Mountains and is located at around 3,000 feet above sea level.
- Sand dunes in this area can be as high as 180 metres. It also witnesses water scarcity.
- Recently, temperatures reached to -2 degrees Celsius in the town, resulting into snowfall.
Previous instances of snowfall
- This is not the first time it snowed in the Sahara Desert.
- In last 42 years, snowfall occurred for the fifth time. Earlier, the region witnessed snowfall 1979, 2016, 2018, and 2021.
- Each year, the amount of snowfall was different.
- In 1979, there was a snowstorm. On the other hand, in 2018, it received 40 cm of snowfall.
Reasons of snowfall in Sahara Desert
- In the month of January, temperatures are much milder in Ain-Sefra region. Temperatures can be around 14 degrees Celsius.
- Climate crisis and Arctic warming could be responsible for this rare event.
The Sahara Desert
- The Sahara Desert is located in African continent.
- It covers an area of 9,200,000 square kilometers. It is the largest hot desert of the world and third largest desert overall, after deserts of Antarctica and northern Arctic.
- It comprises much of North Africa, excluding fertile region on the Mediterranean Sea coast, Nile Valley and Atlas Mountains of the Maghreb.
Source: THE HINDU.