White snow covers red sand dune of Sahara desert for second time this year
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 07-Feb-2018

Algeria, February 7: So for the second time this year Snow has covered the sand cover of Sahara desert. A rare snowstorm has swept into the Sahara Desert turning red sand dunes into white. The freak blizzard hit the small town of Ain Sefra in Algeria.

 
The town which usually endures temperatures of up to 37C during the height of the summer in the desert shivered in sub-zero lows of -1.1C. The locals enjoyed the unusual condition of sledding on sand dunes, children making snowman . After finishing 37 years of the no-snow spell in 2016, the city has witnessed snows four times since then.

Sahara, which is famously known as one of the warmest places on the earth rarely receives snowfall. In last 40 years, this is the 4rth time Sahara has witnessed such scene. A crazy winter weather storm has covered the desert with heavy snow also in last month. More than 15 inches (40cm) blanketed sand dunes across the small town of Ain Sefra, Algeria.

In December 2016 also, a dusting was recorded but this is the major snowfall in the area for the 3rd time in 40 years. In 1979 a snowstorm hit the dessert but it stayed only for half an hour. A Russian meteorologist earlier said the recurrence of snowfall is Sahara Dessert is a result of much talked global warming issue. The statement is not even an individual standpoint but a view shared by members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.