Hawaii snowfall at lowest ever in elevation – Video

And four-foot snow drifts! Unprecedented, historic, says National Weather Service. 

Snow on Haleakala on Maui is rare but not unheard of, as it happens about every five years. What was unusual last weekend was that snow fell at such a low elevation.

Officials say the coating at 6,200 feet at a state park on Maui could be the lowest-elevation snowfall ever recorded in the state.

“Polipoli State Park, at 6,200 feet they reported snow. that is pretty rare for Maui obviously,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Dye told KHON2. “I had talked to a ranger this morning and he said they had 4-foot drifts. Very impactful.”





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8 thoughts on “Hawaii snowfall at lowest ever in elevation – Video”

  1. Quote: Officials say the coating at 6,200 feet at a state park on Maui could be the lowest-elevation snowfall ever recorded in the state.
    Comment: GSM cooling takes place first in the high latitudes and then as the cooling progresses with more stored solar energy being transported to the poles via Meridional Jet Stream cooling the mid Latitude’s, winter cooling takes place in temperate/tropical regions.
    Equally I would not be surprised if this high elevation snow is due to a Jet Stream southerly loop bringing cold air above 4000M and the cold wet air rising upwards over the island freezing as it does so.
    Now for other high massive tropical volcanos to have periodic freezing and snow at the end of the winter periods for the next 30 years.

    • Also odd today was our daily temperature in Mililani was 62º at 1:00pm. In fact, we have had North winds almost all year with night time temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. As a local haole for over 60 years, I have never seen this happen. Especially for such a long period of time.

  2. elsewhere there theyve recorded americas highest ever 24hr rainfall volume i read around 49inches+

    if that flushes over the volcanic areas it might help re establbish some soil deposits for plantlife to regenerate

  3. So much for Global Warming!!
    Welcome to rapid Climatic Cooling!
    This is strong evidence right here that the climate is getting colder with snow falling at lower elevations each year.

    • The spots themselves have nothing to do with it, the white area around the spot has, it is the source of up to 16% of the amount of UV and EUV emitted by the Sun and absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere.
      That energy absorbsion is what drives the energy mechanics of our upper atmosphere and the shape and track of the Jet Streams which provide our various regional climates whether it be cold, wet, drought, or hot and rainy or even drought as in the South West of the US or East Africa.
      During a “normal” solar energy cycle similar to SC17 to 19 and Sc21 to 23 the 5 year period of solar Max, the Sun emits up to 16% more UV and our Jet stream track are far more lateral between 60 Degs and 40 Deg LAT.
      During the Solar minimum portion of both the declining, SM, and part of the rise to the next the UV emitted reduces back by 16% allowing the Jet stream to become Meridional and range from O Degs Lat to 75 Degs Lat pushing massive amount of less cold wet air into the desert polar regions refreshing the Ice Caps in the process and cold air right downing the Tropics speeding up the cooling process.
      In other words a solar/earth heat engine cycle lasting 11 yrs.

  4. Telescopes froze over a Hawaiian winter storm:
    Rare photos

    On Monday, the strongest winter storm hit Hawaii. The archipelago was attacked by hurricane force winds, huge waves and snowfalls, which took place in places where they usually never happen.
    The snow-white island of Maui turned white, with snow falling at an altitude of 1889 meters. So low snow has not been seen here since 1952. And at the top of the volcano Kaleakala (3055 meters above sea level) telescopes of world importance were covered with ice.
    “We were finally allowed to enter Haleakala National Park so that we could get to Haleakala Observatory,” said Rob Ratkowski, who photographed the place.
    Haleakala Observatory – the first astronomical structure built in Hawaii. The top of Haleakala Volcano is home to the ATLAS asteroid early warning system, the Maui space monitoring system, the Pan-STARRS telescope and the Daniel Inoue solar telescope, the world’s most powerful solar telescope.
    It is possible that these and other telescopes will not thaw out until next week. The US National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning on Haleakala.

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