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It just snowed in Hawaii. In June.


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5:58 PM - Residents of Hawaii's Big Island woke up to find a fresh dusting of snow coating Mauna Kea volcano. In June.

While Mauna Kea is at an extremely high elevation -- 4,205 metres to be exact -- and therefore more likely to see snow, this kind of weather event at this time of year is still relatively uncommon.


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According to the National Weather Service in the U.S., the wintry conditions were the result of "cold upper level temperatures and tall showers."

The summer solstice may be a week away, but weather conditions on the mountain are unpredictable year-round, according to the Mauna Kea Weather Center (MKWC).

“A calm sunny day may quickly become treacherous with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions,” MKWC says in a statement. “Summit winds above 120 mph [193 kph] are not uncommon. Snowstorms have even occurred during the summer months.”

Hawaii isn't the only region that's experiencing wacky weather.

On Tuesday, cold temperatures aloft created a highly unstable environment in B.C.'s higher elevations, causing it to snow.

Source: Twitter | MKCW

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