On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert city in Algeria referred to as the “Gateway to the Sahara,” skilled a considerable quantity of snow for reportedly the third time in 40 years. Some stories say components of the world acquired practically 15 inches of snow, however Ain Sefra formally reported lower than one inch.

It was sufficient to offer some otherworldly visuals from an space that routinely sees a few of the hottest temperatures on earth in the course of the summer season.

Now, it is not unusual for the temperature throughout even the most well liked of deserts to plunge tens of levels Farenheit at evening, that means any uncommon snow might stick round for some time. However photographers on the scene mentioned the snow really stayed intact for a superb portion of the day.

“We had been actually shocked once we woke as much as see snow once more,” photographer Karim Bouchetata advised Shutterstock. “It stayed all day on Sunday and commenced melting at round 5 p.m.”

Whereas snow is traditionally scant within the desert space, an analogous snow phenomenon happened just last year. Earlier than that, it had been 37 years since Ain Sefra’s final snowfall.