A Snow Falls in Hawaii

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A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols the waters off of Bellows AFB, Hawaii. Gary Cameron/Reuters

Yes, it's July in Hawaii, but a thunderstorm brought some precipitation one would expect in January in Alaska: snow. The Associated Press reports that 1 ½ to 2 inches of snow fell upon the summit of Mauna Kea, the summit of Hawaii's tallest peak, on Thursday night, along with mixed rain and fog.

The snowfall occurred because temperatures at the summit were in the freezing range, and as the thunderstorm pulled high into the atmosphere, it caused snow to fall. It's still surprising, given how the low temperature in the neighboring city of Hilo clocked in at a balmy 71.

On Friday, National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Lyman said that the snow, which still remains on the summit, should be melting rapidly. It's safe to say we just don't snow whether the powdery stuff will fall again in Hawaii this summer.