Skip to comments.Tunisia: Tataouine, the Setting of Star Wars, Covered in Snow
Posted on 02/11/2012 11:13:18 PM PST by nickcarraway
Residents of the southern Tunisian towns of Tataouine and Matmata, small desert cities that furnished the setting for Star Wars movies, woke up to an unusual sight today: snow.
The snow started to fall overnight from Sunday to Monday, leaving a thin layer that was enough to transform the landscape from an arid desert to a glistening-white tundra.
The Sahara desert, particularly the region of Remada and the neighboring area of El Borma in the governorate of Tataouine, also saw snow falling near the oil fields of El Borma. Oil fields workers were thrilled at the sight of snow, a rare sight for them in the region.
The town of Matmata, home to traditional underground "troglodyte" structures inhabited by the indigenous North Africans, the Amazighs, has not witnessed snow fall since 1962, according to Radio Tataouine.
Tunisia has witnessed a cold snap since last week, in the north west of the country. Heavy snow in the northern towns of Thala and Kef left transport paralyzed due to blocked roads. In the town of Aïn Draham, in the governorate of Jendouba, snow reached 80 cm.
Now we can call it Hoth
Wow! You’re mighty quick on the draw. I needed the laugh.
. . . and all we need are the Wampas to take care of the Mullahs in Ennahda.
Damn that Global Warming. Polar bears in Tunisia!
Almost identical latitude as Tripoli...but 25-30 miles inland, in the Sahara.
My father described having a similar weather experience in North Africa as an Army Air Corps member during WW2. As a boy from the plains of KS, he was not unfamiliar with snow but certainly was surprised by snow in the desert. He was glad they had the high altitude flight gear available to keep warm.
I wonder why all those climatologists are strangely silent now.
One storm this weekend, then another around the 15th to the 17th as atmospheric anarchy hits Britain & Ireland.
Piers also calls for thundersnow in Rome.
Maybe Al Obi Wan Gore can use the force to make the snow go away.
Are the camels now tauntauns?
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