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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489 Comments
  • volcanoes
    volcanoes3 months
    ther is one in antarktica
    • sivotovo-159786085860
      thats a lot of snow
      • gfvdbjzbx
        gfvdbjzbx10 months
        Awesome😎
        • pilotabot683
          pilotabot68311 months
          that is cool
          • coolkid77
            coolkid7712 months
            florida doesn't get snow :(
            • aemak
              aemakover 1 year
              I live there
              • kitten22
                kitten22almost 2 years
                I'm a New Yorker we get a lot of snow so i say let it snow!!!!!!
                • hermioneginny
                  hermioneginnyover 2 years
                  So interesting!
                  • unown
                    unownalmost 3 years
                    I went to the snow ⛄
                    • unown
                      unownalmost 3 years
                      I love snow ❤