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

atacama desert snowstorm satellite 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:

atacama desert snowstorm satellite photo

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

atacama desert satellite photo

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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