Snowy Sahara

Vanessa Beerman, News Editor

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It snowed in the Sahara Desert, one of the hottest places in the world. Really Roseburg? No snow?

 

On the day of January 7, 2018 the white frozen ice crystals that Roseburg, Oregon was not blessed with this winter were showing up and covering the otherwise hot sand of the Sahara Desert in a small town called Aïn Séfra. The rare winter storm brought on 15 inches of snow in some areas of the high altitude region.

This, actually, should not be a surprise. Believe it or not, snow has fallen here before, even though it may seem as if this type of thing should not occur (yet a desert refers to lack of precipitation rather than average temperatures). This has reportedly happened four times in the last six years, including on January 21, 2017. But because events like these like to be plastered on the news as amazing and never before seen happenings, that snowfall was said to have been the first in almost forty years—which is not true, obviously. During a broadcast from an Algerian TV channel, Central TV in 2012, there it was again, and it was described by the station as “an exceptional natural phenomenon in this Saharan region.”    

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