It snowed in Hawaii
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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How can it snow it Hawaii?
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  • braydinmehrman-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:45 a.m.

    Because its 14,000 ft above

  • haileylange-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:46 a.m.

    Because the altitude is 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • savannaheath-dia
    12/14/2016 - 08:46 a.m.

    The winds bring with the snow and the mountains are at a such a high height.

  • andrewyamada-dia
    12/14/2016 - 10:37 a.m.

    I didn't even know it could snow in hawaii!

  • lillianclancy-dia
    12/14/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    It can snow because the mountain height is 14,000

  • laurynhoy-dia
    12/14/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    If the snow on the mountain top falls off.

  • redamounir-dia
    12/14/2016 - 11:40 a.m.

    It can only snow in the mountains by the volcanos.

  • trentmclemore1-dia
    12/14/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    idk how it really snows

  • taylorstanton-dia
    12/14/2016 - 11:51 a.m.

    alltitude of the mountians

  • kaileew-ste
    12/14/2016 - 01:07 p.m.

    The snow in Hawaii is falling in a very small area. A scientists said there has been 30-36 inches in previous years. I actually didn't think it snowed in Hawaii.

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