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When you think of Hawaii, you probably picture surfer dudes, sandy beaches and blistering sunshine. Maybe you imagine yourself drinking a cold beer while watching hula dancers in grass skirts. It's the image Hollywood has portrayed and, to be fair, is pretty much on the money.
So the fact it's been snowing there is a bit fucking weird, right?
We're not talking about a light dusting. In some areas it's been measured at a whopping three feet (90cm) deep. Granted, this has been around the highest peaks of the island, but this is still very unusual.
Current view on top of Mauna Kea, HAWAII!
Weekend blizzard that could bring 30 inches of snow! More @ https://t.co/w0Ie75yoZJ pic.twitter.com/CYmXdcywF0
- Jesse Ferrell (@Accu_Jesse) 3 December 2016
Speaking to USA Today, staff meteorologist Matthew Foster said: "As long as we have deep enough clouds to support ice crystals, and when you have cold enough temperatures at the summit level, you can get snowfall."
He added: "Some years we might not get any, some years we might get more."
Snow in Hawaii! The summit of #MaunaKea dusted with snow and ice this morning #HawaiianSnow pic.twitter.com/v0IoocrKpT
- Kīlauea EcoGuides (@KilaueaEcoGuide) 2 December 2016
As you can imagine, Twitter users have reacted with the appropriate level of confusion.
Hawaii got snow and a winter weather warning. I didn't know that was a thing.
- Mike Boisclair (@MikeyBoisclair) 5 December 2016
hawaii is suppose to have a snow storm and get a foot of snow in certain places, ohio wyd???
- dee (@drosel_15) 5 December 2016
Although (predictably) many users now believe that this is 'proof' global warming doesn't exist.
@steingal2 I LOVE It...Not Only Is It Snow(global warming MORONS).................BUT IT'S HAWAII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- patricia kahler (@connnutmeg) 5 December 2016
Funny how teachers at this school try to teach us about global warming yet they have over a foot of snow in Hawaii...
- Evan Davis (@dav76831743) 5 December 2016
Hawaii braces for another foot of snow via the @FoxNews App "Damn that Global Warming" @LeoDiCaprio https://t.co/8zOylYaN9Y
- Kris Paronto (@KrisParonto) 5 December 2016
Tell me more about global warming. Hawaii expected to get 3 feet of snow. You read that right. https://t.co/JlPEoxv6jP
- Carolina Girl #MAGA (@carolinagirl63) 3 December 2016
30 inches of snow in Hawaii mountain range. Global warming at it's best.
P.S. not kidding, it was just on the news
- BLUE LIVES MATTER (@judyrademacher2) 4 December 2016
What do you think? Time to book a skiing break in Hawaii or nah?
Featured image credit: PA Images/Linda Higman-Garcia
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