To experience a July snowstorm is a weird enough experience by itself. Seeing snow in July in Hawaii is something else. This is exactly what occurred on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii last Friday morning. The combination of strong passing thunderstorms and very low, near-freezing temperatures resulted in 1.5 inches of snow that accumulated on the ground and icy conditions, according to a report from a ranger who lives high up the volcano.
Mauna Kea, a Hawaii volcano that is set 13,796 feet above sea level, usually gets snow in winter, but almost never in summer months. “It can happen” meteorologist Ryan Lyman explained to West Hawaii Today. “Even in July” Lyman added. The volcano’s weather can apparently be very unpredictable as sunny days can turn into blizzards and very strong winds. Snow, however, is an exception. Some would even go as far to say it’s a bit like magic.