In the Sahara for the first time in 30 years, twice in a row snow fell

The Algerian town of ain sefra, located on the territory of the Sahara desert, was for the second time since the beginning of the year covered with snow. The local newspaper noted that last December, snowfall in the desert was observed four times, and before that for 37 years in the territory of snow remained on the ground even once.

As reported, at times the temperature in the city could reach about zero Celsius, but usually in winter it ranges from six to twelve degrees, so the snow, especially coming to the earth, represents an extremely rare phenomenon. It happened on 18 February 1979, after which for nearly four decades were not repeated. However, with the December snow fell in the Sahara four times, and 9 January and 6 February, it happened in the town of ain sefra.

As reported yesterday, the snow cover in some regions ranged from 10 to 15 centimeters, although it quickly melted. However, to restore order on the roads of ain sefra, was said to have been brought in bulldozers and other heavy equipment.

By the way, commenting on the last snowfall, the head of the hydrometeorological center of Russia Roman Vilfand said that, as paradoxical as it may sound, the frequent cases of this kind are a symptom of global warming. Explaining his point, the expert noted that evidence of this process can be any extreme events, the frequency of which increases, even if in specific cases we are talking about abnormal cold, and not about abnormal heat. In one row, with snowfalls on the Sahara the weatherman put a warm first half of winter in the European part of Russia and the unusual cold snap in North America. Vilfand added that his statement represents a consensus of scientists who work in the intergovernmental panel on climate change.

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