Snow in Hawaii means 49 out of 50 states have snow


There is snow in all but one state of the United States. Image: Flickr / holstphoto / CC-BY

Huge snowstorms are pounding many parts of the country today. The report of snow in Hawaii and a Hawaii winter warning for the state show the effects of La Nina. Approximately 71 percent of the United States is currently covered with snow.

Snow in Hawaii at 8,000 feet and Hawaii winter warning

Hawaii is a tropical island, but it has mountains that extend high into the atmosphere. Snow in Hawaii on the 13,500 high peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea is not unusual. Today, the snow level in Hawaii is going to be about 8,000 feet. There will be very heavy rain in the lower elevations, and flash flood warnings have been issued in most Hawaiian cities. This has been a year of very heavy rain for Hawaii, following two years of severe drought on the islands.

Snow in 49 states

Florida is the only state in the nation that does not currently have snow on the ground. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 71 percent of the country is covered in snow, to an average depth of almost seven inches. In the Southern states, the snow is having an especially bad effect on road traffic. Many of the Southern states do not have any form of snow removal equipment or safety equipment. In many northern states, the snow equipment available in many places isn’t enough. In New York City and New York state, snow removal has practically shut down the entire city more than once.

Second time in two years

Though having snow in almost all of the 50 states is an unusual event, it is more common than many believe. In fact, just last year the same thing happened. The La Nina weather pattern cools down Pacific waters, which collide with the warmer air and create winter storms in usually-warmer areas of the country. A La Nina cycle can last up to two years, making this second year of heavy snows explainable, though not entirely usual, given that 2010 was one of the warmest years on record.


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