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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  • sivotovo-159786085860
    sivotovo-159786085860Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:02 am
    thats a lot of snow
    • gfvdbjzbx
      gfvdbjzbxMonday, February 1, 2021 at 4:22 pm
      Awesome😎
      • 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