Early snowfall on the big Island of Hawaii seen on satellite

Here is something you don’t see every day, a satellite image showing a sizable amount of snow cover on the big island of Hawaii.

While snowfall on the big island is nothing new, commonly seen on the mountains on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, (top and bottom arrows respectively in the photo) seeing snow this early in the season on the mounatins is somewhat rare.

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McIDAS images of GOES-15 (GOES-West) 6.5 µm water vapor channel data (above; click image to play animation) showed an upper-level low that moved from east to west over the Hawaiian Islands during the 13 October – 14 October 2014 period. This low forced the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms, especially over the Big Island of Hawai’i — and even produced some snowfall in the highest elevations around the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Some excerpts from Area Forecast Discussions issued by the National Weather Service at Honolulu on 13 October:

FXHW60 PHFO 131350

AFDHFO

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI

400 AM HST MON OCT 13 2014

[…]

FORECAST MODELS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY CALLING FOR 500 MB TEMPERATURES BETWEEN -12 AND -13C WITHIN THE CORE OF THE COMPACT UPPER LOW. THIS IS EXCEPTIONALLY COLD FOR OCTOBER

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FORECAST MODELS SHOW THAT THIS FEATURE WILL HOLD AS IT MOVES OVER THE BIG ISLAND LATER TODAY INTO TONIGHT…LIKELY PRODUCING ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER THE SUMMITS ABOVE 12000 FT. AS A RESULT…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED.

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FXHW60 PHFO 140152

AFDHFO

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI

330 PM HST MON OCT 13 2014

[…]

THE SUMMITS OF THE BIG ISLAND HAVE BEGUN TO REPORT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION…AND THIS WILL CONTINUE WITH A COUPLE OF INCHES POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT.

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Source: the CIMSS Satellite Blog

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75 thoughts on “Early snowfall on the big Island of Hawaii seen on satellite

    • 🙂
      Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters — YouTube

      “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say… ,” indeed!

      • 1949… in Hawaii…… just 4 years after the national soc1l1st l1es and rac1st propaganda of the Axis powers were soundly defeated by the Allies.
        Truth won!
        And, dear An-tho-ny, TRUTH ABOUT HUMAN C02 WILL WIN.
        Yes, truth triumphed in WWII and will have triumphed (in the Battle for Truth in Science) only at a great cost.
        Nevertheless…
        the fight is worth it.
        Courage, all you Professor Carters, Murry Salbys, Willie Soons, Jo Novas, and An-tho-ny Watts of the world!
        Before long, you, too, will be smiling, raising a glass to toast your victory, and effectively singing “Mele Kalikimaka”
        in the very spot
        where
        you were INFAMOUSLY bombed
        just a few short years before.
        Truth wins — EVERY time.
        ************************************
        For just a little reminder of what it costs
        and
        how VICTORY FEELS… it is coming ….
        AND OF THE FACT THAT

        THE DETERMINATION AND COURAGE DISPLAYED IN THE FACES BELOW — LIVES!

        (those are OUR grandparents and great-grandparents, after all :))
        A reprise of “American Patrol”

        You Science Geeks of WUWT — ROCK!
        Love,
        Janice
        #(:))

      • Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow
        Snow
        It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow
        Snow
        I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow
        Snow
        I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow
        Snow
        Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow
        Where it’s snowing
        All winter through
        That’s where I want to be
        Snowball throwing
        That’s what I’ll do
        How I’m longing to ski
        Through the snow-oh-oh-oh-oh
        Those glist’ning houses that seem to be built of snow
        Snow
        Oh, to see a mountain covered with a quilt of snow
        What is Christmas with no snow
        No white Christmas with no snow
        Snow
        I’ll soon be there with snow
        I’ll wash my hair with snow
        And with a spade of snow
        I’ll build a man that’s made of snow
        I’d love to stay up with you but I recommend a little shuteye
        Go to sleep
        And dream
        Of snow
        Holiday Inn …. though the weather didn’t fit the *cough* models then 🙂 (especially when there was an SP train running on the east coast….)

      • “(those are OUR grandparents and great-grandparents, after all :))”
        Parents, in my case….gosh, you’re making me feel old(er) 🙂
        Yep, they were the “greatest generation”…here’s to doing our best to
        follow in their footsteps.

      • @ Jeff — “old” is a state of mind (physical challenges can happen at ANY age; the key is controlling the one thing we CAN control: ATTITUDE).
        As I discovered when I turned a significant ## this year… it’s like this:
        Here I am, on a professional volleyball team, standing in the locker room. They’re handing out our new jerseys for the season. Unlike the usual thing, on this team they issue you a new number every year (add one to previous year’s). I turn my jersey around and look on the back and think, “##. Hnh. I’ve been on the team quite awhile now.” Put on the new jersey, run out onto the court and start to play — SAME — AS — EVER!
        It’s — just — a — number! And that little allegory got me permanently (we’ll see how it does a decade from now…) over the “Aaaa! I’m ##!” alarm.
        Yes, I realize that I don’t play volleyball as well, now — just analogizing to the ESSENTIAL activities of life…. conversation…. thinking…. the athletic activities which my body can still do quite well… smiling… EATING — yea!
        “Carpe diem!”
        “Go, Jeff, go!”
        Eat some pizza;
        … enjoy the snow!
        Okay. That’s all the coaching from this cheer leader for today!
        #(:))

      • Janice,
        Those were my parents, just ‘kids’ in the US Army of WWII… both gone now. Three uncles as well – all gone.
        We honor their memories…. and all who served and serve.
        May God bless our Representative Republic,
        Mac
        PS: You ever play Wallyball?

      • Hi, Mac the Knife,
        I sure messed up with that “grandparents” thing! Oops!
        You can be so proud of your relatives who did so much to keep this country free.
        No, I’ve never played Wallyball (how do you play it?). We played Kick-the-can, though — LOTS of fun — and kickball and softball and rode our bikes all over the place… .
        Take care.
        Janice

      • Dear Policy Critic,
        If you spell it out An-thon-y normally (just try it! — not fun), you get put into auto-moderation. Sometimes, I spell it out correctly on purpose, hoping it will bring that particular message before his eyes. Also, “l1es” (spell it normally and, you guessed it! Moderation). Also, “mo-derator” and several other moderation-triggers. I’ve learned the hard way… .
        Hope that answered your question,
        Janice

  1. When the public know the difference between hot and cold it is very difficult for the alarmists to be convincing when they try and spin that unusually cold weather means it is is getting hotter.
    It never ceases to amaze me that they are sufficiently stupid as to believe the public will swallow that, but maybe that is just a measure of the alarmists arrogance. Hubris awaits.

    • Today, I just heard an old woman today complaining about Obamacare and “all those immigrants.” She was pretty racist in how she presented her disdain. She then told me she voted Democrat, because she thinks those Republicans are all greedy. I was dumbfounded and responded, “Well, you got just what you voted for.”
      People this dumb are the problem. They create their own problems and bitch about the very people who would have brought a different outcome… speaking of immigrants, I told her that Republicans are virtually all descendants of immigrants… as she herself is a descendant. I said, Democrats wants illegal immigration because they will get the votes… and I concluded, she ought not read liberal newspapers and bumper stickers and feel informed.
      This is also what brings us CAGW and the expensive energy policies that she also complained about.

      • Thx dbstealey and Janice.
        I always listen in and speak in simple undeniable terms out in public. And on the AWG front, there are so many smart people who do not want to be enlightened about the subject. I always start with the question. “Did you know that global warming stopped after 1997 and no climate scientists question that fact?” They don’t believe it. Even people I know that have masters’ degrees in engineering! I continue, that “I cannot help you if you don’t even know what can be easy to know. Just check out the satellite global record or pretty much any global temperature record (save a tiny few). If you’re not willing to actually take a look at the global temperatures, then all of your beliefs are based on political adds and liberal misinformation. ”
        I cannot argue with anyone who “feels” that the climate is continuing to warm without actually spending 5 minutes to take a look at the records.
        Main stream liberalism is really the root of most problems faced by the developed world.

  2. I got snowed out while observing on UKIRT at Mauna Kea one July or August night in ’93 or ’94. Imagine calling relatives on the mainland: “Yeah, so I’m here in the snow in Hawaii in July…”

      • RockyRoad,
        Thanks.
        I have Googled, and it a p p e a r s that we in England are to be spared the great AlGore-ithm’s depressing effects on local temperatures until February, at least.
        For which we thank our several gods.
        No – Mod; absolutely not sarc.
        Under any circumstances.
        The trillionaire – isn’t he already? – is a sanguinary ice-magnet.
        Auto

  3. Oh, on the Big Island, there is such a job description as “snowplow driver”. My friend there who works up at the NASA IR telescope, has to shovel snow every year up at the observatory and has days off of work because the road is closed to the summit of Mauna Kea because of snow.

  4. I don’t buy the global warming charlatan arguments, but I did some quick research and I cant find anything to support where snowfall at this date at that elevation in Hawaii is abnormal. Its almost 3 miles high (13K feet, close to 3X higher than Denver, CO). With moisture laden air moving over that land mass at that height, I would expect snow year round! Don’t hang your hat on this as an argument against AGW.

    • … I would expect . . .
      East to west air movement encounters the land that rises steeply on the eastern side. As the air rises there is considerable precipitation such that above a certain elevation there is very little moisture remaining. The tops are near deserts.
      http://rainfall.geography.hawaii.edu/assets/images/rainfall_patterns.jpg
      Search for rainfall patterns of Hawaii. The lines of equal rainfall are called isohyets (analogous to elevation and contour lines). The main page of the above link is a start.

      • Sorry, meant for the link to show. Click to see it is from the geography folks a Hawaii. Thanks edu-types. Nice site.

      • Always the conscientious, thorough, well-informed, teacher, Professor Hultquist. Thank you for the great graphic. And I STILL remember how grateful I was for your “They also serve who only stand and wait… .” Boy, have I needed that this past year!
        Janice

    • Sean
      ….Don’t hang your hat on this as an argument against AGW……

      The above post does mention this…..

      While snowfall on the big island is nothing new,………..seeing snow this early in the season on the mounatins is somewhat rare.

      I don’t use snow to disprove global warming. I just like to poke fun at them. Do note that these same Warmists would not hesitate to point at one heatwave and scream about heatwaves getting more common due to global warming – without any peer reviewed evidence to back it up. PS it occasionally snows in the Sahara and the Amazon, yet this does not disprove man-made global warming.
      Now take a look at this!!!! These are the kinds of people I have to deal with all the time. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, that’s why I can only poke fun at them.

      Guardian – 15 February, 2005
      George Monbiot
      It is now mid-February, and already I have sown 11 species of vegetable. I know, though the seed packets tell me otherwise, that they will flourish. Everything in this country – daffodils, primroses, almond trees, bumblebees, nesting birds – is a month ahead of schedule. And it feels wonderful. Winter is no longer the great grey longing of my childhood. The freezes this country suffered in 1982 and 1963 are, unless the Gulf Stream stops, unlikely to recur. Our summers will be long and warm. Across most of the upper northern hemisphere, climate change, so far, has been kind to us.
      ==============
      Guardian – 6 January 2010
      Leo Hickman & George Monbiot
      Britain’s cold snap does not prove climate science wrong
      Climate sceptics are failing to understand the most basic meteorology – that weather is not the same as climate, and single events are not the same as trends
      …Now we are being asked to commit ourselves to the wilful stupidity of extrapolating a long-term trend from a single event….
      ==============
      Guardian – 20 December 2010
      George Monbiot
      That snow outside is what global warming looks like
      Unusually cold winters may make you think scientists have got it all wrong. But the data reveal a chilling truth

  5. ****correction****
    “McIDAS images of GOES-15 (GOES-West) 6.5 µm water vapor channel data…”
    the image shown is not the 6.5 um water vapor channel but the 0.65 um visible channel. You would not be able to see land/water details or the snow cover on the mountain top in the WV channel.
    Jeff

    • It’ll never make landfall in Hawaii as an actual hurricane. Maybe a tropical storm. A miss to the south is more likely.

  6. Wow! Snow at the freezing level…. big surprise! As I recall it was below freezing above Jacksonville, Fl in August at FL13. Oh Noes!!11one

  7. Also first new snow on the Three Sisters in Central Oregon this morning. Global cooling is beautiful yet deadly.

  8. A beautiful mild October in most of the country, especially the north, is lulling the population to sleep. Late November will be the wake up call.

  9. I remember my parents going to Hawaii many years ago (60’s)? and they brought me back a T shirt with “Ski Hawaii”…I remember laughing thinking back then that they can’t get snow!!

  10. Since Mauna Loa is a volcano, isn’t the atmosphere above this area particularly rich in CO2 (I understand that they need to make corrections for CO2 before they publish their CO2 data since the volcano naturally spues out a lot of CO2), that being the case, shouldn’t there be more DWLWIR in this region when compared to similar latitudes where there are no volcanoes?.
    Shouldn’t this additional DWLWIR quickly melt the snows, so that snowfall shouldn’t stick around for long?. What experiments are being conducted on a DWLWIR rich environment, to see the effect of additional CO2 and DWLWIR?

    • “We have the results of our models for about 25 years, why shall we make experiments to show something wrong with them?”
      /sarc just in case…

  11. Time to fire up the new mantra…
    ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL COOLING
    The models clearly show that humans are uniquely reonsible for snow in Hawaii. Time to invest in ski lifts for Mauna Loa. And we have a new figurehead to replace the hockey stick team – Santa and his band of dwarfs,,, err, elves. I understand they run their climate models on a bank of Commodore 64s left over from some Christmas past.

  12. The PDO clearly rules Hawaii’s weather patterns. Every winter there is at least a dusting of snow at the top of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and even Haleakala (10,000 feet high) on Maui. But the last time that I could ski Mauna Kea was in the mid 1980s. The snow was 10 feet deep. The snow storms started in November and lasted to June back then. That last ski trip was in late April and the snow was from a big storm in mid April. On schedule, 30 years later the snow storms are returning. Here is the view from the ground during the last storm and then the following day.
    http://louxeng.com/r/Mauna%20Kea%20composit.jpg

  13. Maybe its due to Inadvertent Climate Modification. Should about cover ANYTHING the climate (or weather) throws our way.

  14. We had snow here last week in Australia during our mid Spring. On the Northern Tablelands particularly Armidale, last week our temps plummeted and I rushed to bring in my tropical and sub tropical bonsai back inside. (We are 3,500 ft absl) 27C during the day and minus at night, and frost expected. Where is this global warming eh? I personally watch the weather forecasts on the net all the time. I suspect the Northern Hemisphere will get another cold winter, but Hawaii? Here (on the inland regions) of course we find the low temps do not produce rain. Can’t win, eh.

  15. I couldn’t reply to that Phil. fellow on the Ben Santer thread because its closed. Basically what he said was that were it not for the fact that we have pumped in massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere the Earth would have cooled around 0.16 C in the last decade due to natural variation. Apparently he thinks that a cooling of 0.16C would have been good and the fact it didn’t take place is bad. What an …..

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