Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata has released a series of images that show an incredibly rare sight – snow in the Sahara Desert.
According to a report from The Telegraph, this is only the second time in living memory snow has fallen in the Sahara – a region known as one of the hottest in the world.
According to The Lad Bible, this is the first time many in the region will have seen snow in their lives.
“Everyone was stunned,” said Bouchetata. “It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. I hope it will be the photo of the year.”
The last time snow fell in the Sahara was reportedly a whopping 37 years ago, when a half-hour snowstorm ground nearby civilization to a halt.
Lucky for residents, this year’s snowfall is more beautiful than disruptive.
Unsurprisingly, these pictures have garnered quite a bit of reaction online.
Many appear to have taken them as evidence that global warming is a hoax.
Al Gore better change his diaper
Snow in the SAHARA: Desert sees snow for the FIRST time in 37 years https://t.co/bPwjcJgsTd
— MAGA.Revolution.KGB™ (@avanconia) December 20, 2016
— Lauren Jones ???????? (@LaurenJonesGOP_) December 20, 2016
To this, Clark Mindock at the International Business Times argues that the snow actually proves climate change. To back up this point, Mindock cites evidence which shows gradual global temperature changes have been leading to increased precipitation in the Sahara Desert.
As a result, the desert is actually shrinking as parts surrounding it become lush green.