What event occurred in the Atacama Desert in 2011 for the first time in almost 50 years?
-Torrential rain, over 24 inches
-Snowfall measuring 32 inches
-Blooming of native cactus
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile in South America is the driest desert on the planet and considered a hyper arid area, with an average rainfall of only 1 to 3 millimeters. In 2011, a cold front hit the region, dumping 32 inches of snow on parts of the world’s driest desert. The winter storm also hit Santiago, Chile with temperatures as low as 17º F and brought freezing temperatures to portions of Uruguay and Argentina. Source: EarthObservatory.NASA.gov