December 11, 2008 – Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Time lapse cameras on top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island are capturing the images of a winter storm, over 13,000 feet above sea level.
As the rest of the Hawaii islands are soaked by heavy rains from the “Kona Low” storm system, Mauna Kea’s high altitude changes the precipitation into ice and snow.
Reports from noted bloggers who are involved with Mauna Kea’s astronomy industry say that some of the observatories have abandoned the summit early because of the conditions. There has been reports of 10 inch drifts in some areas of the mountain top.
It is not uncommon for snow to accumulate on the peak of Mauna Kea during the winter months. There has even been snowfall at the summit already this season. This event, however, could produce the first heavy accumulation.
The video above is courtesy the Mauna Kea Weather Center, which is funded by the astronomical observatories. MKWC provides real time weather info, and creates these time lapse animation clips every day, around the clock.