Australian cities have copped their fair share of big ol’ storms in the past couple of months, from the dumping of rain in Victoria in late November, Auckland's massive tropical storm, or the superstorm that Sydney didn’t actually cop this week—weather just keeps getting crazier and crazier.
Well, this week, to make things even a bit more wild. It snowed in the bloody Sahara Desert. Yep, a desert.
In case you’re not familiar with where the Sahara Desert actually is, you’ll find it right at the top of Africa and covers a whopping 9,200,000 square kilometres. To put that into perspective it’s a comparable area to both China and the U.S.A.
This isn’t the first time snow has fallen in the desert; it’s actually the third time that it’s happened in the past 40 years.
Check out some of the amazing photos captured of the event below.
15 inches of SNOW blankets the Sahara,the hottest desert in the world, for the second time in 40years pic.twitter.com/2fVI6ylTiH— MURTALA (@MurtalaIbin) January 9, 2018
A foot of snow in the Sahara desert...breathtaking contrast between sand and snow. pic.twitter.com/7cnYEUjl2S— Jonathan Arnott MEP (@JonathanArnott) January 9, 2018
Rare icy weather has brought snow to the Sahara Desert in Algeria. pic.twitter.com/7ha2UbkAvz— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 9, 2018
Start of 2018 marked by extreme weather - searing heat and unusual warmth, bitter cold, winter storms, heavy precipitation and snow (incl in the Sahara!. Updated roundup https://t.co/Tk2DphLltS pic.twitter.com/PCIp8iaNwG— WMO | OMM (@WMO) January 9, 2018
Image credit: World Meteorological Organisation