As we enjoyed well-above normal high temperatures in the 50s to start December, the National Weather Service in Honolulu, Hawaii, has issued a Winter Storm Watch, a High Wind Warning, and a BLIZZARD WARNING on the Big Island.

From the National Weather Service in Honolulu...



* WHAT...Blizzard conditions are expected. Total snow accumulations

  of up to 12 inches or more. Winds gusting over 100 mph.

* WHERE...Big Island Summits.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 AM HST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.

Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strong winds will likely cause significant drifting of snow.

As strange as it sounds to have a ‘Blizzard in Hawaii,’ this marks the seventh time since 2007 a Blizzard Warning has been issued in Hawaii and the first time since 2018.

Iowa Environmental Mesonet
Iowa Environmental Mesonet

This is also the 37th Winter Storm Warning issued in Hawaii since 2006. By comparison, Iowa has had a total of 344 Warning Storm Warnings in that same time period.

As of December 3rd, it has been 301 days since the last Blizzard Warning in Waterloo and 1,103 days since the most recent Blizzard Warning in the Cedar Rapids area.


Iowa Environmental Mesonet
Iowa Environmental Mesonet

The snow will most likely be falling on the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano that has a peak elevation of nearly 14,000 feet. Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that formed the island of Hawaii has been erupting for over half a million years but hasn’t erupted since the mid-1980s.

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