South Africa Sees Rarity: Snow

Nation in midst of winter cold snap
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:42 PM CDT
South Africa Sees Rarity: Snow
People enjoy a rare snowfall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

People slowly came outside despite the cold wind today across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky, and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country. The snow began this morning, part of an extreme cold snap now biting into a nation still in its winter months. By mid-afternoon, officials recorded snowfall across most of South Africa. Records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years, the last time in 2007. (More South Africa stories.)

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