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Snow in Hawaii…June 4, 2011!

Yes, its snowing on Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii…now!  I was going to embed a video from the Mauna Kea Observatory, but the video cameras are frozen over, so instead, I’m going to send you to the National Parks of the Pacific website and you can see the pics they have posted there.

People are always surprised to hear that Hawaii gets any snow at all, but even the locals are surprised to see snow on Mauna Kea this time of year.   Hawaii has been having some very unusual weather for the past several days with flash flood warnings and watches from Kauai to Oahu and Maui.  Honolulu even closed 5 of their golf courses Friday due to severe thunderstorms and air-to-ground lightning.

Maui County is under a flash flood watch throughout the night, tonight.  This weather system is expected to continue pushing its way eastward bringing an end to the rain for Honolulu later this evening.  Of course, that means that the Big Island, the Kona and Waimea areas in particular, will probably be next on Sunday.   Along with the rain, this system is also accompanied by some strong winds as well.

Seems like this year has brought unusual weather from the east coast to the Hawaiian islands and everywhere in between.  Deadly tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding, have affected much of the mainland.  Meanwhile, I’m sitting here in eastern North Carolina, baking in upper 80’s to low 90’s summer-like heat which has found its way here over the last couple of weeks.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share the news, in case you hadn’t already heard, that June 6th brought snow to Mauna Kea!

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