In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.
– Lord Byron
I’d never really given the idea of snow in the Sahara too much thought until today.
I just assumed that it didn’t often snow there because, well, it’s one of the hottest places on Earth and there are camels there.
I did know that it could get quite chilly at night after hearing about the phenomenon of rocks exploding in the night because they just can’t handle the stress of such a fluctuation in temperature (much like the British public), but I can’t say I’ve ever lost any sleep wondering why it doesn’t generally snow there.
Anyway, it turns out there’s a very good reason it doesn’t snow much in the Sahara Desert, and – coincidentally – it’s the same reason the Sahara Desert is the Sahara Desert, rather than the Sahara Arable Lands…
… it’s because there’s not much water about, and – in case you didn’t know – God builds snows out of water.
So, don’t blame it on the Sunshine!