Video Of The Week - Hawaii's Big Island A Winter Wonderland?

By Meera Dolasia on December 12, 2016

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Mauna Kea on December 6 (Photo Credit: Mauna Kea Weather Center)

Hawaii’s Big Island is known for many things — its rich culture, active volcanoes, black sand beaches, green rainforests, and of course year-round warm, humid, weather. This year, the sunny paradise can add snow to this impressive list. Since early December, almost three feet of snow has blanketed the over 13,000-feet high volcano peaks of the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and more is expected.

Mauna Kea Summit (Photo Credit: Kilauea EcoGuides via Twitter)

Local meteorologists say that though a rare sight now, snowcaps were once a fixture on these peaks. However, over the years, the increasingly warm weather has caused the ice caps to shrink. Those hoping for a White Christmas on the beach are in for a disappointment. That’s because even during the coldest of winters the lower altitudes only experience light ice, that melts almost instantly in the balmy weather.

Resources: Smithsonianmag.com, csmonitor.com

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  1. What are some of the things Hawaii's Big Island is known for?
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“Since early December, almost three feet of snow has blanketed the over 13,000-feet high volcano peaks of the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and more is expected.”

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  • bekahboo
    bekahbooTuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm
    thats so weird???
    • owenThursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:38 am
      cool
      • NJ Student Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:20 am
        This is amazing!
        • liviloo
          livilooThursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm
          I thought Hawaii was all just heat and volcanoes
          • chickenfriedric
            chickenfriedricWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:41 am
            Hey thats pretty guud
            • mackenzietaylor
              mackenzietaylorWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:51 am
              SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE
              • MMMMTuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:43 am
                COOL
                • LMMTuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:41 am
                  SUPER COOL
                  • LMMTuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:40 am
                    SNOW IN MICHIGAN
                    • bossFriday, February 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                      thanks

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