Mauna Kea in winter
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Many people are surprised to learn that it snows in Hawaii, but it's true. Our two tallest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, have snow caps for many months of the year. Mauna Kea rises 13,796 feet (4,205 m) above sea level, while Mauna Loa's elevation is 13,680 feet (4,170 m) above sea level.
A few days ago, my fellow Hawaii-based blogger, Andrew Cooper, who works at one of the several astronomical observatories on Mauna Kea's summit, mentioned the first snow of the season on his blog, A Darker View. It didn't last very long, but soon it will be cold enough at that elevation for the snow to begin to accumulate. Most years, the snow atop Mauna Kea lasts until late spring.
Here is a photo of snow-capped Mauna Kea, which I took a few years ago. We can see Mauna Kea from several spots in our garden, but I took this photo from my neighbor's field. Think of it as a preview of things to come -- very soon.