Monday, June 6, 2011

Snow in Hawaii is weird enough for a lot of people, but snow in June?

The UH Hilo observatory on top of
Mauna Kea after snow fell on June 4-5. 

We've had some vicious rainstorms the past few evenings. Last night, an electrical storm just over the mountains that bisect this part of Oahu kept lighting up the sky off in the distance. No sound, just flashes of light revealing the mountaintops.

Apparently this same storm dumped precipitation on the Big Island, and up at the higher elevations of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (which reach past 13,000 feet), it was cold enough to fall as snow.

Just over a week ago I was at the 10,000-foot level of Haleakala on Maui, and as the sun went down, the temperature was in the low forties or high thirties, with wind chill bringing it below freezing. Odd weather for late May, or early June, but it does happen.

The view of Mauna Loa from Mauna Kea.

Yeah, I'm one of those weather bores. I remember things like seeing it snow in the summer in California (Yosemite National Park, on June 25 back in the 1990s). The earliest I ever saw snow in Seoul was October 31 one year, and the latest was April 10. If anyone cares.

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