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

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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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  • pilotabot683
    pilotabot683Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
    that is cool
    • coolkid77
      coolkid77Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm
      florida doesn't get snow :(
      • aemak
        aemakThursday, April 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm
        I live there
        • kitten22
          kitten22Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 12:29 pm
          I'm a New Yorker we get a lot of snow so i say let it snow!!!!!!
          • hermioneginny
            hermioneginnyFriday, April 12, 2019 at 6:02 pm
            So interesting!
            • unown
              unownThursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm
              I went to the snow ⛄
              • unown
                unownThursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm
                I love snow ❤
                • ugojkgtThursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm
                  so butifull
                  • i_do_not_exist
                    i_do_not_existThursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm
                    wow this is cool lol
                    • Chargerff8Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm
                      That's insane