A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Saharan Snow: Snowfall in Tataouine

There's snow on the Saharan sands of the southern Tunisian desert towns of Tataouine and Matmata.

If Tataouine sounds familiar to many Westerners, it's as the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet; the original Star Wars film's desert sequences were filmed in the Sahara around Tataouine. According to the report the last recorded snowfall was 1962, a half century ago.

Washington hasn't yet had any significant snowfall this year. Not so the Sahara, and Egypt as well. Climate change deniers?

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