Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock (9309883g)Snow in the Sahara Desert near the town of Ain Sefra, AlgeriaSnow in the Sahara Desert - 07 Jan 2018*Full story: https://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/tvw5As much of the northern hemisphere sees record cold temperatures, the SAHARA Desert has been hit by SNOW for the second time in four decades. Photographers have taken incredible pictures of 40cm deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra after a freak winter storm yesterday (Sun). The town in the world's HOTTEST desert had not seen snow for 37 years when it arrived this time last year and locals were stunned when it began falling on the red sand dunes yesterday morning. Snow started falling in the early hours of Sunday morning and it quickly began settling on the sand. Photographer Karim Bouchetata said: "We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5pm."
A cattle carcass is pictured on the Agropil ranch as the Pilcomayo river faces its worst drought in almost two decades, in Boqueron, on the border between Paraguay and Argentina, July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - AUGUST 25: Waves pound the shore from approaching Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Harvey has intensified into a hurricane and is aiming for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain and 125 mph winds. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 25, 2014 shows people cooling off in a waterpark in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. Meteorological departments issued an orange alert for high temperature as a heat wave embraces Sichuan province, with temperature of most area topped 37 , local media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., August 28, 2017. Jonathan Bachman: "It was my first day covering Hurricane Harvey. I only made it 500 yards into Houston when I came across a staging area where ordinary people were conducting water rescues in the Beaumont Place neighbourhood of Houston, TX. In addition to the rescues, residents were able to walk against the current down a long road which is seen in the image. At first I went out on a boat with a couple from Louisiana to help and document several rescues. When we got back, I looked down the road and saw an almost perfect line of residents making the long walk to the staging area. I intentionally moved to a position so I could photograph them in a way that would convey the magnitude of this storm. I wanted to communicate that it was a never-ending line of residents struggling to get to safety and it would go on for days. Harvey was a very difficult and emotionally taxing assignment. My first instinct was to put down the camera and help. It is always hard to come to the realisation that I am most helpful when I am taking pictures. As an observer of suffering you have to believe that your images can make a difference." REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
A man wearing a mask is seen in smog during a polluted day in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT.
Hurricane Irma, a record Category 5 storm, is seen in this NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center image from GOES-16 satellite taken on September 5, 2017. Courtesy NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks towards the Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House prior to a departure August 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is spending the weekend with his family at Camp David. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
JAMALPUR, MYMENSINGH, BANGLADESH - 2016/08/02: A family on a raft approaches a boat at flood affected area in Jamalpur. According to the Bangladesh Disaster Management Bureau around 1.5 million people have been affected by this year flood. Rivers in the north started to rise in early July and by the 20th of July nearly all of them started to flow over the danger level. It caused floods in 6 districts, namely, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Sunamganj initially and inundated crop fields and dwelling areas, washed away standing crops, houses and households assets, livestock and displaced the affected people.Bangladesh is one of the most climate change-vulnerable and disaster-prone countries. The rivers of this country are facing tremendous environmental anomalies. They overflow during the rainy season but shrink in other seasons. Floods in our country are directly or indirectly related to sub-Himalayan countries like India, Bhutan, and Nepal. An understanding should be made to protect the eco-system in the regions to minimize the risks of flash floods, and to share the water resources as per international laws. (Photo by Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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