Yet a rare winter storm powdered the arid sand dunes of northwestern Algeria with white snow on Sunday, the third time an event like this has happened in 40 years.
Snow isn't unheard of in desert areas, especially since it can drop dozens of degrees from the day's high.More news: Taking a Fresh Look at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)
Meteorologists believe that this freaky twist of weather is because of the result of high pressure over Europe pushing low-pressure systems unusually far south. Since winds travel from west to east, the chilly air over the U.S. While snow is historically scant in the desert area, a similar snow phenomenon happened just a year ago.
With temperatures touching 1 degree Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit), residents in the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra enjoyed sliding down the small sections of dunes on Sunday morning before the snow melted away.More news: Margaret Court Arena should be renamed, says King
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. There was snow last year, CNN reported, but before that the last recorded snowfall was almost 40 years ago.
The town, which is surrounded by hot desert and not used to managing snow, experienced some difficulties with icy roads. Unfortunately, the snow did not last long, as the temperatures started rising by late afternoon.More news: Chelsea's £1bn stadium plan could be derailed by family dispute
Snowfall is something which we usually see in hilly areas but this winter a thick coat of white snow can be seen in Sahara Dessert, the largest hot desert in the world.