Algerian villagers stunned as snow falls in Sahara for first time in over 30 years 

The last snow was in 1979

***Update 23/12/16***

Some are questioning the veracity of this report;
As this has popped up before;
However, like many weather related events conditions can vary overrelatively short distances, so it is quite possible that the area in question last saw snow in 1979, whereas other areas close by have seen snow more recently. Locally to me the living history depth of snow is barely a foot (30cms) but a few miles away it had far exceeded tha – partly why I expect snow records to be shattered across England and Wales as we approach solar minimum. The Christmas Day snow storm of 1927, for example , ranged from a few cms to meters (drifts) across a radius of 100 miles, just as a passing thunderstorm in Southern England can leave one area dry and another flooded (which pretty much happened in June this year). The Saharan event seems genuine, the unprecedented as always is open to interpretation. Locals in the next mountain range down the way may beg to differ about ‘lifetime events’, but it is ‘unusual’.

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Nearly a White Christmas in the Sahara Nearly a White Christmas in the Sahara
This snowfall has even arrived before the Northern hemisphere winter solstice.

This might not be the first place you’d expect to find a festive snowy scene, but incredible images show the Sahara desert looking particularly chilly. It is just the second time in living memory that snow has fallen, with the last occasion being in February 1979,reports

The pictures were taken by amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, yesterday afternoon. He captured the amazing moment snow fell on the red sand dunes in the world’s largest hot desert.

This time the snow stayed for a day in the town, which is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

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