Snow fell for the first time Friday in 90 years on the beaches of Torravieja, Valencia, Spain.
The last time snow fell on that city’s beaches was on Dec. 26, 1926, according to reports from weather tracking website, Severe Weather Europe. More than 2,000 people were stuck in their vehicles as a result of the quick moving snowstorm, despite temperatures not falling below 35 degrees.
“Yes, today was the first day with snow there in over 90 years!” the website tweeted on Jan. 18.
First snow on the beach in Torravieja, Valencia, Spain since Dec 26, 1926! Yes, today was the first day with snow there in over 90 years! pic.twitter.com/qer29eAsti
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) January 18, 2017
Heavy snow hit many parts of Spain earlier in January, with some areas, such as Torravieja, reporting their first snow in decades. The army distributed blankets and hot drinks to hundreds of people stranded on the highway linking Madrid to the coastal city of Valencia.
Deserts have also gotten pummeled by snow recently.
Snow fell on the Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra in December, marking the first time that area has seen snow since Feb. 18, 1979. Ain Sefra is 3,280 feet above sea level and is nestled between the Atlas Mountains in Africa.
The Sahara Desert has gone through seismic temperature and moister shifts. It is expected to look greener over the next 15,000 years thanks to natural shifts in climate.
Research shows that global warming may be a cyclical change brought on by natural shifts in an area’s climate. A University at Buffalo study published in May, for instance, showed that climate change could lead to higher instances of snow in the Arctic, likely leading to Greenland’s ice sheets to melt slower than initially thought.
The increased snowfall means that Arctic ice will expand more than expected during the area winter months, potentially tossing a wrench in climate models predicting catastrophic global warming.
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