People probably don’t realize that it does snow in Hawaii. However, it’s only at the top of the three of the highest peaks, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island and Haleakala on the island of Maui, according to UH Asst. Professor of Geology & Geophysics.
Central Florida Coldest Winter
Since I grew up on the island of Oahu I never saw snow except on TV and in photographs. Although I had two encounters of being in snow, it wasn’t fresh fallen. Last year I moved to Florida, with little chance of seeing snow, even though the National Weather Service reported they experienced the coldest winter on record in 30 years, I was still snow-less.
My Christmas wish was to play in falling snow. My husband fulfilled my dream as we headed toward the popular Ski Resort area of Boone, NC. Weather.com had reported a chance that snowfall was expected right before we got there.
Boone, NC – Blanketed with Two-Feet of Snow
As luck would have it, the Boone Ski Resort area had more than 2 feet of snowfall the day before we got there! I wanted to be standing in snowfall but this was the next best thing. I was truly a kid in snow. I had never seen so much white fluffy stuff, clean and un-stomped on by human feet! It was awesome, beautiful, and breath-taking.
On my first day I decided to venture out in front of the hotel, before we drove out to one of the nearby Mountain Ski Resorts – little did I know how truly deep the snow was, ‘whoosh’, and down sank one leg. I was stuck in the snow with half of me underground and my other leg in the air. My husband decided to record my situation on video and we all laughed about it, then I said, “I’m really stuck, help me!” I guess you could say I had my real “first snow fall”.
In addition, we weren’t quite dressed for the occasion. We were fine until the snow got into our shoes, and down our jackets, let’s just say I wouldn’t recommend putting your face in the snow, like me, that hurt.
Would I go back? Of course, just today I told my husband, “I’d like to go back to Boone this year,” he just smiled and said, “yeah that would be fun.”
 Ken Rubin, Asst. Professor, Dept of Geology & Geophysics, University of Hawaii – Reply to “Ask-An-Earth-Scientist”
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