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 is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. He 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. When it happens, 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. He is 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 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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  • eolivia-dav
    12/07/2016 - 04:52 p.m.

    In response to "It snowed in Hawaii," I find this interesting that it snowed in Hawaii. One reason I think this is that it is usually really warm in Hawaii. Another reason is that there has been 30 to 36 inches in recent winters. It says in the article that the new snow has shut down operations on Mauna Kea. The mountain's access road is expected to remain closed for days. A third reason is that Abundant snow on Mauna Loa's 13,677-foot summit could be seen at sunset Dec. 1 from parts of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Even though some people would not like this article, I think
    it is very interesting.

  • cjoseph-dav
    12/07/2016 - 05:27 p.m.

    In response to "this article ," I agree/disagree that it snows in Hawaii. One reason I agree/disagree is that they have very high mountains. Another reason is that the snow has shut down operations on Mauna Kea. It says in the article heavy snow is often accompanied by snow. A third reason is there has been 30 to 36 inches in recent winters. Even though, I think it is pretty cool because I didn't it could snow in Hawaii.

  • smatthew-dav
    12/07/2016 - 08:16 p.m.

    In response to this article I agree that snow and cold temperatures in Hawaii can be a positive thing . One reason I agree is that Hawaii has a lot of weather related problems that end up in negative impacts on their environment. Another reason is that it is always warm in southern islands.

  • wcailin-dav
    12/08/2016 - 12:52 p.m.

    I think its very neat that it snowed in Hawaii, and i did know there was mountains there but i did't know that they were so high to get snow. I've never heard of it snowing in Hawaii. When i first saw this artical i thought maybe people were just asking if it was snowing there, but it was actually just ash, but that's not the case. I think it would be pretty cool to see snow in Hawaii.

  • temmy-dav
    12/08/2016 - 04:35 p.m.

    In response to this article, I think that it is very out of the ordinary for it to snow in Hawaii. One reason I think that is because it is pretty hot in Hawaii. Another reason is that I did not know that there were a lot of mountains in Hawaii. A third reason is that there are very hot volcanoes every where. Even though i did not know about this I am glad to know now.

  • polivia-dav
    12/08/2016 - 04:39 p.m.

    In response to this article about the recent snow in Hawaii, I think that everyone should know about it. That particualar state is known for its sunny weather. It is important to know why it snowed and the science behind it. As altitudes become higher, the atmosphere is more cold. Even if it has snowed before, the snowflakes have most likely not hit the ground in their original form. Since there are tall mountains in Hawaii, it makes sense for the snow to hit them as snowflakes. In the article, it says, "Once they realize the heights of the mountains, snow in the island state makes a little more sense." The weather managers did not measure the exact amount because in the article, it also states, "Heavy snow is often accompanied by wind, which create drifts that make it difficult to accurately measure snowfall, Lyman said." Hopefully more people will learn about this in the future.

  • madilyn-dav
    12/08/2016 - 06:03 p.m.

    In response to "It Snowed in Hawaii," I agree that snow could happen often in Hawaii during the winter. One reason I agree is that Hawaii has really high mountains. It is mentioned in the article "Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level." Another reason I agree is because since it usually snows on really high mountains, the snow comes off with the wind and onto the land below. The article states "Heavy snow is often accompanied by wind, which create drifts that make it difficult to accurately measure snowfall, Lyman said." Even though Hawaii is really hot most of the time, I think that it is highly possible to snow in Hawaii during the winter due to the really high mountains.

  • ljohn-dav
    12/08/2016 - 07:18 p.m.

    In response to "It snowed in Hawaii," I agree that it makes sense. One reason I agree is that they have high mountains there. Another reason is that Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. It says in the article, The weather service has said snow has been falling recently on the state's Big Island. A third reason Abundant snow on Mauna Loa's 13,677-foot summit could be seen at sunset Dec. 1 from parts of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Even though it is very hot there, I think it makes sense that it snows there.

  • sayida-dav
    12/08/2016 - 07:52 p.m.

    In response to "It snowed in Hawaii," I agree that it can snow. One reason I agree is that one you realize the height of Hawaii's mountains, then you know it can snow. Another reason is that since Hawaii is pretty windy the wind helped with the heavy snow. It says in the article,"Lyman said there has been 30 to 36 inches in recent winters." Even though Hawaii gets really hot, I think it can snow very heavily.

  • mtaylor-dav
    12/08/2016 - 08:25 p.m.

    This article is about it snowing in Hawaii. Many people don't think it would be able to snow in Hawaii, but with all the high mountains, it is. "Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level." This quote from the passage shows how high some mountains are which would make sense for it to snow sometimes. In the article it talks about how in recent years the snow had gotten up to 36 inches. I think that is a lot for Hawaii to have.

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