The words “snow” and “Hawai’i” aren’t often mentioned within the same paragraph – or maybe on an equivalent vacation. But snow does fall in Hawai’i almost per annum, and 2021 has seen a deep polar front drop snow on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the large Island a minimum of 3 times within the past few weeks – also as on Haleakala on Maui. this suggests there are currently in snowcaps on Hawai’i’s three tallest mountains.
The images from February 6, 2021 depicts the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired natural-color images of the large Island showing abundant snow on the 2 peaks. Nearly per annum, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa with elevations at about 13,600 feet/4,200 meters receive a minimum of a dusting that lasts a couple of days. But this year, the snow has been more sort of a winter blanket of snow.
An image from Feb 6, 2021 from the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 shows natural-color images of the large Island with abundant snow on the 2 peaks.
And as for snowfall in Hawai’i impacting vacation plans, well, it happened to me.
Ten years ago during a visit to the large Island, I had a tour lined up to travel to the summit of Mauna Kea to ascertain the main telescopes located there. But while i used to be enjoying a sunny day on one among the black sand beaches, I received a call that the tour to the summit had to be cancelled because a snowstorm had dumped on the brink of a foot of snow at the height of Mauna Kea, and therefore the roads wouldn’t be cleared in time for my tour. As you would possibly imagine, it had been a serious disappointment.
But with the large Island’s sort of climate zones – a minimum of 8 by some counts – there’s always a spread of things to try to. I had to accept a helicopter tour where I saw the telescopes from a distance.
The roads mountaintop of Mauna Kea was closed again last week due to very high winds blasted at 45 to 75 miles per hour.
NASA’s Earth Observatory website said that snowfall in Hawai’i is usually related to a weather phenomenon mentioned as a Kona low. The winds started blowing out of the northeast shift and blow from the southwest. The leeward or “Kona” side winds contains moisture from the tropical Pacific, turning it from rain to snow because the air rises up into the high elevations.
Hawaiians have reported in the news that they found their high the volcanic mountains with snowboards and boogie boards to require advantage of the snow. Others have filled their pickup beds to bring a number of the white stuff right down to friends.