Snow blankets Hawaiian volcano

Snow blankets Hawaiian volcano

Credit: Ethan Tweedie Photography / NBC Universal

Snow blankets Hawaiian volcano

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 29 at 9:48 PM

Now is the season when most mainlanders are dreaming of a Hawaiian paradise, but a little dash of winter came to the Big Island last week.

Snow fell on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, where there was enough for a few skiing and snowboarding runs. Photographer Ethan Tweedie captured images of the snow at the Keck and Gemeni Observatories.

According to Live Science, snow on Mauna Kea isn't too uncommon. The peak of the volcano is about 14,000 feet above sea level, just a couple hundred feet shy of Mount Rainier.

In Hawaiian, Mauna Kea means "white mountain."

 

 

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