[Pics] Snow Fell in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years!

It snowed on December 19 in the Sahara Desert, and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite captured the image below. It comes from Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus visible-light camera and depicts the first snowfall recorded in the massive African desert in 37 years.

Captured by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata has posted a series of photos showing a veil of white snow atop the orange dunes and green vegetation around Ain Sefra.

Though news accounts have been dominated by the snow in the desert city, a review of several years of satellite data suggests that snow is also unusual in this section of the Saharan Atlas range. The images below show December observations made over the past four years by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. The false-color images blend infrared, shortwave infrared, and visible red wavelengths, and snow shows up as a bright blue-green color.“, EarthObservatory.nasa.gov

Morocco. EarthObservatory.nasa.gov