The last recorded Saharan snowfall before that was in 1979 - although that doesn't mean this is only the third snowfall in 40 years.
Snow rarely falls in the Sahara where temperatures in the summer frequently hit 38C to 40C (100F to 104F), but it is the third time in nearly 40 years that Ain Sefra has seen snow, with it also receiving a blanketing in 2016 and 2017.
After that, 37 years later, the Sahara enjoyed snowfall for the first time in a long time in 2016 again.
More than a foot of snow has fallen in the Sahara Desert after a freak winter storm. The result is the thin layer of snow across the sandy desert. "It seems like the snowy pictures were taken across the higher areas in the north of the region, towards the Atlas regions, so it's not surprising that the area would see some snow if the conditions were right".
"There is exceptional weather at all places, and this did not happen because of climate change". From polar bears living without snow to the installation of artificial reefs as a replacement for natural habitats, shifting climates are impacting animals-and humans-across the globe.
The Sahara desert, which is the largest hot desert in the world, has been photographed with a fall of snow for the second time in three years.