Who would have thought it, but it actually is possible for there to be snow in the Sahara desert. Due to the extreme and somewhat unusual winter temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, it did in fact snow in the Sahara.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite captured some breathtaking shots of snowfall in northwest Algeria. This particular location is found on the edge of the Sahara desert and, in the summer, temperatures average between 104 and 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don’t get grand ideas of experiencing this rarity in person though, as the less-than-an-inch amount of snowfall was gone by the next day.

According to the European Space Agency, it’s not terribly unusual for snow to be seen on the High Atlas Mountains, but in this case the snowfall was located on the lower Saharan Atlas Mountain Range. CNN reported that apart from brief snowfall there last year, the last recorded snowfall was nearly 40 years ago.

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