Driest Place On Earth Covered In 32" Of Snow (Photo)

images: NASA

File this one in the recent weather weirding category: NASA has released a satellite photo (h/t Mongabay) showing the Atacama desert in South America getting hit with a snow storm that has dumped up to 32" of snow across parts of it--the biggest snow storm to hit the region in half a century.

Full image below:

And here's the Atacama without a massive snowstorm hitting it:

Though the Atacama does occassionally receive snowfall, in most years the entire region gets just 2" of precipitation on average, with some particularly dry places within the driest place on Earth receiving just a few millimeters of precipitation annually.

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