“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence,” The Telegraph reported Bouchetata as saying in December 2016. “It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away.”
Not to be outdone by Bouchetata, NASA’s Earth Observatory was on hand to record the unusual event from space. And it took some extraordinary pictures of what was going on using the Enhanced Thematic Mapper on its Landsat 7 orbiter, together with a visible-light camera.