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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“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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  • bossFriday, February 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm
    thanks
    • BogWildMonday, February 13, 2017 at 10:06 am
      Boi we haven't even got rid of isis, why are we trying to explore mars.
      • DEM GLITCHES YOFriday, February 10, 2017 at 9:07 am
        WE GOT A LOT OF SNOW IN NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY.
        • NameWednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:16 am
          How is this possible?
          • khdfgjehfr,jFriday, February 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm
            so cool
            • allstar 4 lifeFriday, February 3, 2017 at 6:57 am
              we get like 3 inches of snow in sanacento. :]
              • HelloFriday, February 3, 2017 at 3:03 am
                It never snows here in cape town (south Africa) only in winter but very rarely and only in the mountains
                • HelloFriday, February 3, 2017 at 3:01 am
                  It never snows in wInter only in the mountains bit very rarely
                  • helloWednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                    I moved but i used to live in MA massachussets and we got the world recored for the most snow 108 inches⛄️
                    • Doge King #2Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                      I live in Michigan and it is 31 degrees Faranheit and -1 degrees Celsius

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