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Winter wonderland in Hawaii

 
 
Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 11:49 am
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10406609_826883144037248_2153724866882855110_n.jpg?oh=c33be3f7d2fa5ced59762a9ad55d69fe&oe=5527B11C&__gda__=1429943744_56af87919e8e428812601b58b1e330b9

This amazing shot of the summit of Mauna Kea here on the Big Island was taken yesterday during an overflight by Hawaii News newspeople.

The Mauna Kea Weather Center says crews are trying to clear thick snow and ice on the road to the summit of the 13,796-foot mountain. The road to the summit is still closed and park rangers say it will likely remain so through the day, unless it gets warm enough to melt the icy roadways. The summit temperature shortly before 1 p.m. today was reported at 36 degrees with a wind chill of 24 degrees! The high wind warning and wind advisory that had been posted for the summit areas of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa have expired, but winds are still blowing at 25 to 30 miles per hour at the summit of Mauna Kea.

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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 11:55 am
@Lustig Andrei,
In the meantime, just down the road in Pahoa , , ,

http://i1.huffpost.com/gen/2454020/thumbs/n-PAHOA-large570.jpg
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 11:57 am
@Lustig Andrei,
That's what you call a barbecue!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 12:33 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Why are they trying to clear the snow and ice? are there people in danger of being trapped at the top for a long period of time?
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 12:51 pm
@ehBeth,
There are astronomical observatories at the summit as well as a weather observation posts. All are manned on a daily basis. Plus it's something of a tourist attraction. The roads are kept open in all weathers, if possible.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:00 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Interesting. So the folks working at the top probably aren't set up to stay there for days/weeks at a time, if required.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:03 pm
What a beautiful, wondrous planet we live on!
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:23 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

Interesting. So the folks working at the top probably aren't set up to stay there for days/weeks at a time, if required.


Correct. There's food in the cafeteria but no dormitory arrangements. People drive up and down those roads 24/7/365.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 07:15 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
http://media.staradvertiser.com/images/660*420/20150105_mauna_kea_snow_ice_6947.jpg
Icicles covered part of the lens of a webcamera at the W.M. Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea Monday morning as snow remained on the ground from a storm over the weekend.

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The unusually cold weather over the last two days continued to break records in Hawaii, including a record for this date that goes back over 122 years in Honolulu.

The National Weather Service said Monday morning's low temperature of 57 degrees beat the low temperature for this date of 60 degrees of temperatures recorded at the Honolulu Airport.

It also beat a older low temperature record for Honolulu set in 1893 of 58 degrees.

On Kauai, the low of 57 degrees at the Lihue Airport beat tied a record of 57 degrees last seen in 1993.

It's the second day of record low temperatures.

Four low temperatures records were tied or broken Sunday morning.


http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/287573441.html
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 08:42 pm
Frozen lava.
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