We all know about the famous Sahara desert. It is the largest hot desert in the world. The Sahara is one of the hottest regions of the world, with temperatures that can soar to 47 degrees Celsius.
But it looks like Global Warming is conducting a beautiful experiment with this hot desert. The snowfall in the Sahara Deseret is evidence of the much talked about global warming trend, just like the unusually warm winters in Russia, bitter cold spells in the US and floods in Europe.
Snowfall in Sahara desert is unusual but not unheard of. On Monday the desert town was hit by a freak snowstorm — the first in the Sahara in almost 40 years. Snow could be seen not only on the tops of the surrounding Atlas Mountains, but also in the red dunes of the desert.
The last significant snowfall to hit the region fell in 1979, when a 30-minute snowfall stopped traffic. Although the temperature in winter can dip below the freezing point, snow is rare because the area is one of the driest on earth.
The fusion of desert with snow is undoubtedly breath taking. However, the reason behind this rare event, Global Warming and Climate Change, may be worrisome.
Jeff Masters, founder of Weather Underground, stated that “as Earth is getting warmer and more moisture gets absorbed into the atmosphere, we will steadily have more extreme storms during all seasons. These storms could be capable of causing greater impacts on society. If our climate continues to get warmer, we should expect heavy snow to increase for a few decades until the climate becomes so warm that we will pass the point where it’s too warm for it to snow.”
Snow is melting in the Antarctic and Arctic because of global warming, and what are not reported as much are the glaciers that are melting in Himalayan. If the trends continue, global warming will soon impact people all over the world. The Himalaya glaciers are the Third Pole. They give water to the giant rivers of Asia, and support half of the humanity. The glaciers melting are a huge concern, and it’s something we need to pay attention too.
The unusual snowfall in the Sahara Desert is just the beginning of the chapter called Global Warming. There is so much more to come if we do not take initiative to protect our Earth.
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