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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  • SkkskskskksksksFriday, January 12, 2018 at 9:57 am
    HOW COULD IT SNOW IN HAWII
    • ckFriday, January 12, 2018 at 9:55 am
      IIIIIII SO COOL
      • SkkskskskksksksFriday, January 12, 2018 at 9:55 am
        IIIIIIII SO COOL
        • mtumino5253
          mtumino5253Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 10:37 am
          it should be warm not freezing.
          • spaFriday, December 8, 2017 at 11:52 am
            How did it snow in Hawii
            • Marisol Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:35 am
              Wow
              • iiiiiiWTuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:51 am
                what up my friends!!!!!!!!!So cute right?
                • nb240594
                  nb240594Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:39 am
                  walking in a Hawaii wonderland!
                  • noTuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:10 am
                    it is cool not
                    • du5th
                      du5thFriday, August 4, 2017 at 9:04 am
                      I LOVE DOGO NEWS TOO!

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