On the Weather Nation channel they have a ‘crawler’ for weather alerts. This morning it is giving blizzard warnings for Alaska (no surprise) and Hawaii (say what?). On their web site, the top story is about the near record snowpack in the Sierra Nevada (but they have localization on their weather bits so may also be choosing stories by location):
SACRAMENTO – The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history. Wednesday’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches. February’s Phillips survey found 28.0 inches of SWE, and January’s reading was 6.0 inches. The March 1 average at Phillips is 24.3 inches.
So one of the “wettest winters” in recorded history…
man this drought is a record wet one…
Seems some of that same snow load is hitting Hawaii too.
For those who don’t know about it, you can go skiing in Hawaii. There are roads to the mountain peaks, and folks will drive to the top, ski down to the end of the snow, then have their driver haul them back up again. So this isn’t an unheard of event, snow in Hawaii. Still, it’s a bit odd to see it as a blizzard warning.
Image from here who have a nice write up:
In some ways, what is even more interesting is that the whole place is under a flash flood watch.
In any case, things are interesting in Hawaii. But the snow is only “way high” up the mountains:
HAWAII – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Blizzard Warning for Big Island summits above the 11,000 feet elevation.
Yeah, a couple of miles up…
Still, it’s not every day you have Blizzards in Hawaii. Global warming? Um, no.