Second snow in 38 years falls in the Sahara Desert

Snow in the Sahara Desert — Photo: Hamouda Ben Jerad

The largest and hottest desert in the world – Sahara Desert – has experienced yet another snowfall in 38 years at Ain Sefra in northern Algeria.

Residents of the desert town in the Naâma Province woke up to a sea of white covering the sand dunes last weekend and photographer Hamouda Ben Jerad captured the moment before the 16 inches of ice melted in the day.

This is the second snowfall at the same place in 38 years after last year’s snow that was also captured by Algerian amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata.

His photographs showed the first snowfall in the town since February 1979, with the red dunes covered with white snow patches. The snow is reported to have lasted for only a day.

Here are some reactions to the once in a lifetime experience:

The weirdest things I’ve seen all week (mind you it’s only been 10 days into 2018): around 22 people have died during the extreme freezing temperatures in the US, Antarctica is GOING GREEN (melting) and there was 16 inches of SNOW in the SAHARA DESERT. Wow

— S [] (@whoashxti) January 10, 2018

It snowed in the SAHARA DESERT yet it couldn’t even snow in North-East England for Christmas smh not good enough

— ? Lucy ? (@jameson4_lucy) January 10, 2018

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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