Winter in Hawaii

Rain Gauge
A rain gauge indicating over three inches of rain
I does look like we will have a white Christmas here on the Big Island. Yes it snows in Hawaii, at least atop our nearly 14,000ft mountains.

It is currently snowing with freezing fog at the summit. The morning ranger report noted that there are blizzard conditions on the summit and that the road was impassable. The road is closed to all vehicles (not just the public) and the snow removal crews will not attempt to clear the road today. I am scheduled to go up tomorrow, I do have a few things I would like to get done, this may not happen.

Freezing Fog
Freezing fog coating the side of the Keck weather mast with several inches of ice
Checking with our weather mast camera shows a little more snow and a great deal of ice. Several inches of ice on any downwind surface. It does appear it will be a few days before we can observe again.

Down below the rain continues. We had accumulated over three inches over the last two weeks up to yesterday. Add another two inches in the last 24hours and you get a very wet weekend. As I type I am listening to the rain on the roof and looking out to a rainy, grey and foggy day in our normally sunny tropical paradise. I have to admit it feels a lot like winter around here.

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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