This winter has seen plenty of international locations and areas experiencing intensely chilly climate, and evidently even the Sahara Desert, one of many hottest locations on Earth, noticed the uncommon prevalence of freshly fallen snow.
Released on 12 January 2018 by the European Space Agency, an unbelievable picture captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission exhibits the rugged orange-brown dunes and mountains of northwest Algeria, proper on the sting of the desert, dusted in white powdered snow. Occurring throughout the first week of January, the snow was reported to be as much as 40 centimetres thick in some locations. According to the ESA, snow might be widespread within the High Atlas Mountains, nevertheless, the picture depicts snow on the decrease Saharan Atlas Mountain Range, which experiences completely different circumstances.
“Although temperatures plummet during the night, snowfall is very unusual in the Sahara because the air is so dry. It is only the third time in nearly 40 years that this part of the desert has seen snow,” the European Space Agency stated. The city of El Bayadh might be seen in the direction of the underside left of the picture, in addition to an oblong cultivated forest which exhibits up in pink as a consequence of particular processing utilized to the picture to show the sparse vegetation simply. According to studies, nearly all of the snow had melted by the top of the next day.
The two Copernicus Sentinal-2 satellites every carry a high-resolution digital camera onboard for the aim of photographing Earth’s floor from house in 13 spectral bands. The mission is generally used to trace adjustments in Earth’s land and vegetation, in addition to monitoring desertification. Last December, the mission captured wonderful photos of California’s wildfires, with one image displaying smoke and flames from the fierce blaze close to northwest Los Angeles.