Snow In Hawaii
January 12, 2011 by staff
The snow was on the ground today in all U.S. states except Florida, covering 71 percent of the earth at an average depth of 6.9 inches (18 centimeters), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A winter storm warning was issued for the mountains of Hawaii, rising nearly 14,000 feet, well above the freezing point, said John Bravender, a weather service meteorologist in Honolulu.
“There is a potential for up to 12 inches through Thursday,” said Bravender.
Bravender said a cold front reached the moisture-laden islands yesterday, and a front of about 400 miles west is causing more storms to develop. Severe thunderstorms and jets of water are possible, depending on the weather service.
In addition to the threat of snow in the mountains, heavy rains caused a flash flood watch for all islands until tomorrow, the weather service.
During La Nina years, when the Pacific cools, the potential for severe snowstorms that leads to increases of Hawaii Mountains, Bravender said. On average, about three winter storm warnings are issued each year.
La Ni? A typically occurs every three to five years and lasts nine to 12 months, with some persisting as long as two years.
Snow in most states of the United States is an unusual event, “said Andy Mussolini, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
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