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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484 Comments
  • dddd4Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    hawieii is hot what???
    • PersonTuesday, February 12, 2019 at 9:52 am
      That's amazing that that happens in such a warm climate or place
      • WHAT DIDTHE FOXFriday, February 1, 2019 at 10:01 am
        wow cool awesome
        • LemonTuesday, January 29, 2019 at 3:46 pm
          this is why hawaii is beautiful
          • EllieMonday, December 3, 2018 at 6:55 am
            That is so cool
            • EllieMonday, December 3, 2018 at 6:51 am
              that is very cool and interesting that it happend to hawaii
              • Softball07Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:49 am
                Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm
                  i want to go there
                  • DudeWednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm
                    How does it snow in Hawaii
                    • BabyMonday, September 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm
                      Lol 😘😘