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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  • 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!
          • du5th
            du5thFriday, August 4, 2017 at 9:04 am
            WOW
            • Awesome guy 593Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm
              So cool! I love dogo news😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
              • heheWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                cool
                • hotdoggirl
                  hotdoggirlSunday, May 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                  LOL
                  • hotdoggirl
                    hotdoggirlSunday, May 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                    TRUE SO TRUE
                  • fencer226
                    fencer226Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:55 am
                    This is crazy! Its never snowed in Hawaii! I wonder how many people are killed? Will they get used to the weather?
                    • ashmit
                      ashmitFriday, May 5, 2017 at 11:43 am
                      snow in hawai'i

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