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 is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. He said he has had to explain the snow 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. It comes down 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 a 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. That creates drifts. They 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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  • cw-gai
    12/08/2016 - 11:27 a.m.

    The snow only falls of Mauna Loa's mountain but it will go down onto Hawaii's' land if there's enough snow. Why does it mostly only snow on the mountains.

  • hayleel-ste
    12/08/2016 - 12:51 p.m.

    I had no idea it actually snowed there. this is news to me, i thought it was always sunny and warm there. but i guess the elevation plays a huge role in the weather changes.

  • cm-gai
    12/08/2016 - 02:49 p.m.

    Did you think it can snow in Hawaii?

    I din't think it can snow in Hawaii because Hawaii is a hot place. It is sunny all the time.

  • plaura-dav
    12/08/2016 - 04:27 p.m.

    In response to "it snowed in Hawaii ," I agree that this could really happen. One reason I agree is that this was all over the news. Another reason is that it talks about how it happened . It says in the article that they don't keep track of how much it . A third reason is that people are going Crazzy about this . Even though some people might think it's fake, I think
    It is trure.

  • ahnad-orv
    12/08/2016 - 05:20 p.m.

    After reading this it makes sense that it snows in Hawaii. When you think of Hawaii snow is probably last on the list. Most people think of the ocean and surfing and hula dancing on the beach.

  • tiffanyh-ste
    12/08/2016 - 05:27 p.m.

    I'm really surprised it snowed in Hawaii. It most likely snowed because of the high mountain elevation.

  • shaylap-bur
    12/08/2016 - 06:01 p.m.

    It snows in Hawaii because of the height of the mountains. I was really confused at first too.

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

    In the article "It snowed in Hawaii" I found it interesting that it snows in such a tropical area. I found this interesting because Hawaii is a really tropical area and you wouldn't think it would get cold at all. Another reason I thought this was bizarre is that I never really hear news about snow in Hawaii. After reading the article though it made since. One reason it made since was that Hawaii has really tall mountains and the higher you get the colder it gets. Proof that the tall mountains is a reason is "We do have very tall mountains here."

  • eq-gai
    12/08/2016 - 07:58 p.m.

    I can't believe it snowed in Hawaii. I always thought that Hawaii was always sunny and that it never snowed. What do the Hawaiians think about the snow in their state?

  • kimd-stu
    12/08/2016 - 08:07 p.m.

    wow that is awesome my mom just told me about that what places has it not snowed

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