It snowed in Hawaii In this image made from a webcam video provided by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the CFHT telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island is covered in snow on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope via AP/AP Photo/Tim Wright)
It snowed in Hawaii
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Yes, it snows in Hawaii. 
 
Matthew Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said he has had to explain it to some surprised out-of-state callers.
 
"Typically when we get these snow events, it does get a lot of attention," he said, adding that he explains to curious callers that the snow is falling in a small, remote area where there are mainly telescopes and scientists. "We do have very high mountains here."
 
Once they realize the heights of the mountains, snow in the island state makes a little more sense, said Ryan Lyman, forecast meteorologist with the Mauna Kea Weather Center. Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level.
 
The weather service has said snow has been falling recently on the state's Big Island.
 
Lyman said there has been 30 to 36 inches in recent winters.
 
The new snow has been enough to shut down operations on Mauna Kea, Lyman said. The mountain's access road is expected to remain closed for days, he said.
 
The weather service doesn't keep track of what the record amounts of snowfall are on the summits. Heavy snow is often accompanied by wind, which create drifts that make it difficult to accurately measure snowfall, Lyman said.
 
Abundant snow on Mauna Loa's 13,677-foot summit could be seen at sunset Dec. 1 from parts of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, said park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane.

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COMMENTS (26)
  • anthony3-war
    12/09/2016 - 09:59 a.m.

    I never really thought that it could snow in Hawaii! However once it explained the high mountains I understood it. With the higher elevation, the colder the temperature is. I didn't realize that there were small parts of mountain terrain I thought it was all active and none active volcanoes.

  • jarrod-war
    12/09/2016 - 10:00 a.m.

    According to the article there is a mountain called Mauna Kea in Honolulu that is around 14,000 feet above sea level. That would most likely the reason that there was 2 feet of snow in Hawaii. Even for New York that is a lot of snow.

  • chris25-war
    12/09/2016 - 12:02 p.m.

    Because precipitation occurred while the temperature was below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Location doesn't matter.

  • andrew17-war
    12/09/2016 - 12:05 p.m.

    It is very interesting to see that it has snowed in Hawaii. With the amount they got its more snow than most other states.

  • colton-war
    12/09/2016 - 12:12 p.m.

    Wow, I didn't know that it snows in Hawaii that much. It must be a really cool thing to see. It has got more snow than most states and that is surprising.

  • monicas-ste
    12/09/2016 - 01:47 p.m.

    That is so crazy. I can't believe this happened. Just wow.

  • zakrym-ste
    12/13/2016 - 01:21 p.m.

    Still not going to Hawaii. Snows one day, 1000 degrees the next. Plus, I am not rich so I would not be able to get a ticket like GIGI

  • jacindamichek-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:43 a.m.

    Because Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • jacksonschwartz-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:45 a.m.

    because its so high up on the mountains.

  • jacksonschwartz-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:45 a.m.

    14 thousand feet above.

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