It’s Snowing in Hawaii

this sounds like something you’d experience in, say, the Dakotas.

Snow has been falling since late last week on the Big Island’s volcanic summits. That snow prompted officials to close a section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park above the Red Hill Cabin, including the summit of Mauna Loa Thursday, reported Big Island Now.

Also shut down was the road up to Mauna Kea at the visitor station, above 9,200 feet, due to fog, heavy snow and icy conditions, according to Hawaii News Now. This gave residents and visitors to the Big Island a relatively rare view of the snow-capped peaks from lower elevations.


How Strange Is This?

According to Ken Rubin, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii, “It snows here every year, but only at the very summits of our three tallest volcanoes (Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala).

“The snow level almost never gets below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year,” he added. “It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though.”

More here

I would like to know if it can snow in Hawaii??

The answer is “yes”. It snows here every year, but only at the very summits of our 3 tallest volcanoes (Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala). The snow level almost never gets below 9000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,000 feet, 13,000 feet, and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year. It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though.

Although the rest of the island chain enjoys warm tropical weather the entire year-round, there have been “freak” cold storms a few times this century that have brought local snow storms down to as low as 3000 to 4000 feet. This snow has melted very quickly, however.

Ken Rubin, Professor
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Hawaii, Honolulu HI 96822

https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/ASK/hawaii-snow.html

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