Snowstorm in Heaven: Hawaii expects up to 30cm of fresh snow
Sun, summer, surf – that’s what most people associate with the Hawaiian paradise island. The situation is currently somewhat uncomfortable there: the US Meteorological Service warns of a snowstorm.
Hardly anywhere else in the world represents endless summer as much Hawaii. The archipelago, located about 3,500 km from the mainland of the United States in the Pacific Ocean, is always lush green, even in winter the thermometer rarely drops below 20 degrees. For now, it’s different: until Monday morning (local time), there will be an official blizzard warning!
This comes from a warning from the US National Weather Service. Accordingly, it is said that the main island, known as the Big Island, was exposed to the so-called Kona Luo during this time. These seasonal cyclones hit the islands regularly in the winter and bring harsh weather conditions with torrential rains and sudden cold. Particularly severe conditions are expected in the next few days: winds should reach 200 kilometers per hour, and new snow is expected to reach 30 centimeters, the weather service warns. However, these harsh conditions mainly affect the mountainous regions of the island.
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The warnings are correspondingly clear: Residents should stay at home, and at most leave the house in an emergency. Authorities warn that “if you have to commute, take your winter emergency kit with you. If you get stuck, stay in your car.” “Getting around will be very difficult. Snow drifts are expected to temporarily reduce visibility to nearly zero.”
Although average temperatures don’t indicate this, snowfall in Hawaii is less common than you might expect. The highest mountains on the island reach a height of more than 4000 meters, and snow falls here almost every winter.
The phenomenon of universe storms is also known on the islands. Even if there are winters without the phenomenon of weather, islanders usually have to prepare for one or two storms each year. Sometimes the consequences are dire. The most powerful storm ever recorded in 1980 caused damage of about $100 million (current value) over three days. When President Barack Obama visited the archipelago in 2008, lightning destroyed the entire electricity supply of Oahu.
those: US Weather Service