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Snow fell Tuesday in the Sahara Desert in western Algeria. A 24-hour cold spell brought snow and rain to the region. Strong wind blew the snow across roads and buildings in the province of Bechar.
Meteorologists predicted a return of good weather Wednesday. People who live in the region said the snow was good for the palm trees because it killed parasites.
Bechar is located in the northern Sahara, about 36 miles south of the Moroccan border.
Originally posted by predator0187
High in the sky above the United Kingdom, in a layer of the Earth's atmosphere called the troposphere, wind speeds can reach 200mph.
This ribbon of high altitude high speed wind is known as the polar jet stream, and is responsible for steering weather in our direction.
To bring us the summer we are longing for, the jet stream needs to pass to the north of the UK.
This allows the Azores High, an area of high pressure situated in the mid-Atlantic, to bring us warm and settled weather.
Lately, however, the jet stream has not been playing ball.
It is currently passing straight over the top of the UK, and is steering low pressure systems our way that are responsible for the damp, windy weather we've had to put up with recently.
This week in Cardiff we expected the mercury to only reach about 19°C (66°F). But as depressing as it sounds, 19°C is just one degree below the average daily maximum for Cardiff in July.
The polar jet stream naturally wavers around in the upper atmosphere and so it is not uncommon for it to be passing over our latitudes.
Snow and ice
On February 18, 1979, snow fell in several places in southern Algeria, including a half-hour snowstorm that stopped traffic in Ghardaïa, and was reported as being "for the first time in living memory". The snow was gone within hours. Several Saharan mountain ranges, however, receive snow on a more regular basis. Although relative humidity is low in the arid environment, the absolute humidity is sufficiently high for moisture to condense when driven up a mountain range. In winter, temperatures drop low enough on the Tahat summit to cause snow on average every three years; the Tibesti Mountains receive snow on peaks over 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) once every seven years on average.
Originally posted by notcanny
I think we're heading for a new ice-age and the government is trying to cover it up with 'global-warming' and 'climate change'. Think about it, most of Antarctica is cooling down, Britain just had two record snowfall winters in a row.
A chase of global cooling has happened every 10,000 years in earth's history. The last time this happened was the 'ice-age' over 10,000 years ago.