Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snow in the Sahara!

Snow in the Sahara!
By Rachael Bonia
Edited By Brady Cormier
     On January 7, 2018, residents of Ain Sfra in Northern Algeria experienced snow in the number one hottest desert in the world. In all of our historical and scientific records, there have only been three instances when snowfall came down in the Sahara Desert, including the most recent one. In December of 2016, there was a light dusting over the sand dunes of the Sahara. In 1979 another small snowstorm went on for roughly thirty minutes, although it is a given that any snow storm in Algeria will be short.
Snowfall in the Sahara Desert

     The town closest to the desert, Ain Sefra, experienced only a couple of inches. The sand dunes, however, received a complete snow cover. A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Cold air was pulled down south into North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe.” (The Sun) "The high pressure meant the cold weather extended further south than normal." The town of Ain Sefra is located around 1,000 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. The recent record-breaking cold temperatures in the world are raising questions to theories such as global warming, or climate change. Is this enough evidence to prove some scientists wrong? All we can do right now is be prepared because it seems like it is going to be a long, rough winter. 

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