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Winter Storm Left Hawaii State Covered In Snow For The First Time On Record For Some Places

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Polipoli State Park in Maui, which sits at just 6,200 ft above sea level, was pummeled with snow and ice for perhaps the first time in history.

On a tropical island, where only 40 miles away tourists are sunbathing on the beach, this is a very rare sight.

On the May 23 2019, “Polipoli State Park, at 6,200 feet, reported snow. That is pretty rare for Maui obviously,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Dye told KHON2. While the peaks of the Haleakalā on Maui have gotten snow in the past, this is quite possibly the first time that such a low elevation state park has experienced snow.

Hawaii Big Island Mauna Kea volcano observatory

Hawaii Big Island Mauna Kea volcano observatory

Here is a photograph from 2006… Nothing but colors!

Credit: Aaron Logan, January 23, 2006
Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
webcam image from Mauna Loa courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

At 6,200 feet, this may be the lowest elevation at which snow has been recorded in Hawai’i,” the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources wrote on their Instagram account.

The thermometers in Mauna Kea registered a temperature of only 19 degrees.

Here is 808m8 having some fun in the snow:

hawaiidlnr driving in the midst of the blizzard:

Featured image: Maui Easy Riders

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Hawaii, known for their sunny skies, greenery and crystal clear water. Who would have thought Hawaii could experience a winter such as this!

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