Snow in Hawaii? In June?

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Yep, it’s true. On Sunday morning, the Big Island summit of Mauna Loa woke up to a fresh blanket of snow. I captured the above screen shot from the live webcam on June 5th at 7am HST.

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View of Mauna Loa with snow from February 2005 by Joly Gordon

Though an occasional snow on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea is not completely uncommon in winter months, it’s very unusual for those massive volcanic mountains to receive snow so close to summer.

Don’t worry that snow will ruin your vacation in Hawaii. That simply won’t happen. Only the very top of the summits ever receive snow while the lower elevations enjoy Hawaii’s warm sun year-round. Just check the Hawaii weather forecasts on our Hawaii weather page.

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