Back in 1997, I heard a song called ‘Snow on the Sahara’ or in French ‘La Neige au Sahara’ from my favorite international Indonesian singer, Anggun. At that time, I thought that it was almost impossible to see snow in the Sahara Desert.
Do you know that this song is still played on the radio until today? This is one of her signature songs because the album was sold in over 33 countries and it became a big hit in Europe, Asia, and even America.
Is it really impossible to have snow in the Sahara Desert?
Today, 24 years after that song was released, snow has fallen in the Sahara for real. Despite the fact that the Sahara Desert is one of the hottest places on earth. An area of about 9 200 000 square kilometers was turned totally white.
This is not the first time Sahara has received snow, it’s happened 4 times so far. The first one was recorded back in 1979, the second in December 2016, the third in 2018, and the latest one in January 2021.
This happened because the temperature suddenly dropped to -3 degrees celsius, ideal for snowfall. A lot of people left their homes to experience the snow, for many of them it was their first time seeing snow so they took lots of photographs and posted them on social media.
Heavy snowfall was also recorded across the region, in Algeria, Lebanon, Iran, and even in Syria.