The Northeast is not the only region getting hammered by snow this winter. Above 11,000 feet, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the two tallest volcanoes on Hawaii’s Big Island, have received some of the worst winter weather conditions in the U.S. in 2014-15. Yesterday, winds were gusting over hurricane force on top of Mauna Kea volcano at 13,796’ with a raging whiteout, and a new winter storm watch is in effect tonight through Thursday above 11,500 feet on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa for wind gusts to 70 mph, major ice accumulation, and 6-12" of new snow.
I’d love to get the opportunity to chase one of these Hawaii blizzards sometime…
Here is a satellite image with the snow-line approaching 9,000 feet. In the 1930s, the snow line often dropped to 7000’
Here is video from George Kourounis in 2012 showing a snow-covered Mauna Kea observatory with rime ice accumulation:
Check out this video from January 2015 showing a ski trip down the tallest mountain in the world:
Another article on the snowy winter of 2015 in Hawaii: