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

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

Now, it isn’t 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 stated the snow truly stayed intact for a very good portion of the day.

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

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