Sahara is one of the hottest places on earth and probably one of the last places you’d expect to see snow. And yet, for the second time in two years, winter has knocked the doors of the dunes. The town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, which is also known as “The Gateway to the Desert,” experienced snowfall in the early hours of Sunday morning and the scenic beauty was mesmerizing. Keep reading to know more.

The Sahara Desert


The Sahara is the largest desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. It is also known as the greatest desert of the world. With an area of 9,200,000 square kilometres which can be compared to China or United State.

Climate Of The Sahara


The Sahara Desert which covers the large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. During the day the temperature may reach 50°C, when at night it may fall to below 0°C. These Deserts have less than 250 mm of rainfall per year.

Ain Sefra


On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the “Gateway to the Sahara,” experienced a substantial amount of snow. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch.

Third Time In 40 Years


It’s not uncommon for the temperature across even the hottest of deserts to plunge tens of degrees Fahrenheit at night. But having a snowfall which is measured to be around approx. 15 inches is unusual.While snow is historically scant in the desert area, a similar snow phenomenon happened just last year. Before that, it had been 37 years since Ain Sefra’s last snowfall. Keep reading for more updates on the Sahara desert snowfall.

Snow Could Stick Around For A While


Presently, it’s normal for the temperature to cross over even the most sultry of deserts to dive many degrees Fahrenheit during the evening, which means any abnormal snow could stick around for some time. But photographers at the scene said the snow actually stayed intact for a good portion of the day.

Enough To Provide Some Otherworldly Visuals


But despite its rarity, snowfall in the Sahara the snow has provided the photographer with a rare opportunity with some otherworldly visuals from an area that routinely sees some of the hottest temperatures on earth during the summer. Keep reading to know more about Sahara desert from a photographer’s point of view.

Surprised To See Snow Again


Karim Bouchetata the photographer who took this beautiful photo of the Sahara Desert witnessed the phenomenon over the time.

Gateway To The Sahara


Karim said “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.”Hope you liked the pictures.