The Sahara is world’s largest hot desert and the third largest desert following Antarctica and the Arctic. And because it’s a vast desert, many of us wouldn’t expect a snow to fall – but it just did, and it’s the third time to happen in decades.
A rare winter storm has just visited the northwestern Algeria town of Ain Sefra on Sunday. Although the sand dunes have experienced this phenomenon before, it is still a rare sight to see the Sahara shrouded in snow. It didn’t last that long though, but luckily for many people who didn’t catch the breathtaking scene, local photographers were able to capture gorgeous photos of the landscape.
It looks like the U.S.'s east coast isn't the only area experiencing a winter storm.
This is not the first for the Sahara to experience snow.
Snow fell in Ain Sefra in winter 2016.
But before that, the last major snowfall was in 1979.
The Sahara typically has blistering summers, with temperatures going beyond 37 degrees Celsius. However, the area cools immediately in winter, with temperatures recorded at an average low of -0.5 degrees Celsius. A Met Office spokesman said that a winter storm in the desert occurs when “cold air was pulled down south in to North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe. The high pressure meant the cold weather extended further south than normal.”
The awesome scene on Sunday didn’t last long, though.
“We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5 p.m.,” photographer Karim Bouchetata told Mashable.
Late in the afternoon, the temperatures increased once again.
Snow started to melt by then…
The orange and red colors of the sand have re-emerged.
Locals were walking outside the snowy desert.
Although snow has melted, some locals were able to enjoy a quick sledding session…
Only a few were able to witness the rare phenomenon…
But thanks to photographers and these astounding images, this moment was immortalized.
The Sahara definitely wasn’t able to escape the cold and the weird weather patterns this week. Still, you can’t deny that these photos are just amazing!
Watch the video below to see what snow is like in the Sahara.
Injured Dog Takes Himself to the Vet to Get Treatment
What a smart dog!
Dogs are highly intelligent creatures and you’d be surprised with what they can do. One recent incident in Thailand shows us exactly that as an injured golden retriever received popularity after he walked straight to the vet to receive treatment.
According to reports, the dog accidentally hurt his eye and he was later found at the door of the Petto Street clinic, a vet clinic in Lam Lukka, Pathum Thani. The dog’s left eye, as can be seen in the photos below, was covered in blood.
This poor golden retriever took himself to a vet clinic and got treatment.
Rich Widow Leaves $300,000 For Her Two Cats
The cats should “never be caged,” according to her will.
No one will daresay she didn't love her cats. Ellen Frey-Wouters, who died at age 88, left $300,000 to her two cats, Troy and Tiger, in her will. Frey-Wouters, an author and a Netherlands native, passed away in 2015 and made special provisions for her feline pets, adding that the two would "never be caged."
She has no immediate family to pass her money to. Her husband, who was a professor in Brooklyn College, died in 1989. Their only child died in infancy.
Tiger and Troy
Screen Dependency Disorder Can Damage Your Child’s Brain, Psychologist Warns
Here’s another valid reason why you should limit screen time for young children!
Parents, take note. If you’re the type who has the tendency to hand over a tablet or smartphone everytime your child is bored or throws a tantrum, you might want to listen to what the experts have to say about it.
According to a new research, prolonged use of mobile devices can actually lead to Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) which brings “a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia, backache, weight gain or loss, eyesight problems, headaches, and poor nutrition as physical symptoms,” reported SmartParenting.
In addition to the physical, SDD also has emotional symptoms such as anxiety, dishonesty, feelings of guilt, and loneliness....
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