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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  1. What are some of the things Hawaii's Big Island is known for?
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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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  • KenFriday, January 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Ya no snow :(
    • 🌈SPARKLEZ🌈Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:57 am
      No snow in Florida ☹️
      • gda1
        gda1Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:29 am
        Thats pretty cool
        • jo13
          jo13Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9:59 am
          #awesome
          • CalebWednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:31 am
            Lol xD
            • CalebWednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:31 am
              That is some stellar sauce!
              • mermaid123
                mermaid123Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                stellie I get snow all the time too!
                • mermaid123
                  mermaid123Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm
                  #Snowday
                  • #2017Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                    oh yay 3 feet of snow is nothing conpare to North Dakota we got more than 11 feet of snow!
                    • visheshMonday, January 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                      cool!

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