Incredible photographs from Nasa show snowfall in the Sahara desert

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Incredible photographs from Nasa show snowfall in the Sahara desert

This winter has brought extreme weather to some unexpected places - like snow in the Sahara.

In an unusual weather occurrence, the Sahara Desert, a region known as one of the hottest parts of the globe experienced a rare sprinkling of snow over the weekend.

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The last recorded Saharan snowfall before that was in 1979 - although that doesn't mean this is only the third snowfall in 40 years.

Previous year the town, known as "The Gateway to the Desert" saw deep snow shortly after Christmas and it caused chaos, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.

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The freak weather occurrence was associated with the atmospheric pattern that brought a bad winter storm across the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. While snow is historically scant in the desert area, a similar snow phenomenon happened just a year ago.

Although the temperatures can plummet very quickly at night it is rare for snowfall to occur as there is not any water to create any sort of precipitation. Before 2017, the last time snow fell on the desert was almost 40 years ago in 1979, when a snow storm occurred in the area for 30 minutes. Cars and buses became stranded on the roads, which became covered with snow instead of the usual dust.

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Ain Sefra usually sees average temperatures in summer reach around 37 degrees Celsius in summer and lows of -10.2C in winter.

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