Winter Storm WARNING – for Hawaii??!!

February 23rd, 2013 at 2:24 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  These pictures came to www.woodtv.com on ReportIt earlier from MME. Thanks so much! There’s a Winter Storm Warning for the highest elevations of the Big Island of Hawaii for 6-12″ of new snow!  “Roads may become impassible”.   Webcams here (daylight hours).  Temperatures on the summits dipped as low as 20 degrees with wind chill temperatures in the single figures. Read about a snowstorm last year here. More webcams and also here. Also, Cowabunga, Dude…check out the surf  in Hawaii at PipelineSurf Advisories  have been in effect.  Here’s current conditions in Hawaii.

37 Responses to “Winter Storm WARNING – for Hawaii??!!”

  1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    I also read somewhere earlier tonight, that in ‘that’ elevation, this is somewhat common there.
    Have to admit, that was news to me.

  2. Skot says:

    While its 75 down on the beach. Poor babies.

  3. Mike says:

    You can Ski in Hawaii. Snow is Common, I guess not a storm! :O)

  4. jewels says:

    thats funny, i just moved from there, back to grand rapids!

  5. jewels says:

    people would drive up there and bring snow back down and build a snowman in their front yard, it would last for a day:)

  6. INDY says:

    Race week’nd Drink some sprites watch some fast cars well it snows go Danica go!!!! Only in Michigan…Enjoy!! INDYY…..

  7. JM says:

    I’ve been up to the observatory on that volcano. It’s passable by 4×4 vehicle only and is always snow overed with biting wind chills. It was truly beautiful to see…but I preferred the warm beach instead!

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I picked up another 1/2 inch of snow last night bringing my storm total up to 4.5 inches! Winter storm “ROCKY” is still developing and I see the NWS is still underestimating it’s potential! What is wrong with the GR NWS? Don’t they realize that we are in a COLD and SNOWY pattern with no change in sight! Any winter storm that is named ROCKY will end up being a good one! We have no warm air in sight and like I have been telling all of the warm weather nuts for about three weeks now – we have a lot of COLD and SNOW coming till at least mid March baby!! Get ready to ROCK n ROLL!!!

  9. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Lol at grr for downplaying Rocky dont they know

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      No and they are in a world of their own and their world is filled with way too many computers and models. They are like tech nerds that can not face reality! We are in a SNOWY pattern – just face the facts and go with the flow!!

  10. Nathan says:

    Fixxxer, 86 in Orlando…

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      That sounds horrible – way to hot and humid!

  11. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    Prepping for Winter Beer Fest 2013 at 5/3 Ballpark. Current observation: light snow, basically no wind, temp 28. My buddy and I are hitting the Real Food Cafe (big shoutout) for breakfast, then heading to the ballpark around 10. General admission doesn’t start until 1pm (gotta get a good spot in line) but hoping to get lucky and get in early. Will try to provide wx observations throughout the afternoon.

  12. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    It doesn’t get much better than drinking Michigan craft brews in the snow. What say you Rocky?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It doesn’t get much better than that!! Unless you are out on the snowmobile trails and where I will be today!!!

  13. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    30° with light snow falling here in Walker. Got a good trace of new snow last night along with some freezing rain. As for the so called “Rocky” storm next week???? Right now it looks a lot like the system we just had and are still in. While it did have some potential as of now it looks like it will be a long event with a lot of light snow, drizzle, rain? but look at the temps with highs in the mid 30′s and better the snow that falls in the daytime will not stick that much if at all. So while we may (or may not) get a lot of snow it might be just a little ever day for several days….we shall see. While it may not be real cold the next two weeks it will not be all that warm either. Where is that ground hog anyway?????
    SlimJim

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Everything that you are saying is correct except for this very important fact. The high temperatures over the next 2 weeks will be quite a bit lower than the so called experts are currently predicting. We have a TON of COLD and SNOW still to come. ENJOY!!!

  14. Me :-) says:

    Some big snow flakes here in Eastern Ionia County for the last few hours. Any idea when this snow is done? And what about the Tuesday system: will that give us snow or rain?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The Tuesday storm will be mainly SNOW and by the time this storm hits it will be in the process of strengthening! We have the potential for a FANTASTIC SNOWSTORM!! The NWS is still downplaying the storm, however based all their failed forecast from a couple days ago this could be a good sign for us! Get ready and stay tuned!!!

      1. goaway says:

        Cannot wait until spring so you will SHUT up about snow WITH the SERIOUSLY annoying RANDOM CAPITALIZATION and excessive USE of !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. BJ says:

    I have been to Hawaii twice and visited all four of the main islands. On the Big Island of Hawaii the rental car companies didn’t allow you to drive their cars on the road that led across the island by Mauna Loa so if you wanted to visit the observatory there you had to go with a tour company. They have snow there quite a lot. I also saw big wind turbines driving down to South Point on the island. I packed warm clothing, including winter gloves and a hat when I visited the Haleakala volcano on Maui. You drive up a winding road really early in the morning there to see the sunrise and it is really COLD and windy. I was all bundled up and shivering and then drove down to go swimming on the beach where it was nice and warm.

  16. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    Wow. I guess that isn’t too surprising for the highest elevations. The title sure got my attention though! Haha.

  17. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Almost an inch of light fluffy lake effect snow during my 8 mile run this morning made for a beautiful run. 2-3″ of sloppy slush on the sidewalks made for a brutal workout. Hard to have one without the other I guess.

  18. jeff says:

    was in maui this past january and it was 85 and sunny at sea level. went to the summit of haleakala (10000+ft) and it was high 30′s… craziest thing ever…

  19. michael g (SE GR) says:

    US and global temps below normal for February. The new normal……

    https://twitter.com/BigJoeBastardi/status/305337235467825152/photo/1

    1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      But……ARCTIC SEA ICE!!!

    2. Stacsh says:

      January ninth warmest on record.

  20. GunLakeDeb says:

    We went to Hawai’i in ’95, and they had similar conditions (wave-wise) there – they actually postponed the National Boogie-boarding Contest on the N Shore of Oahu because the waves were too high! It made for some great sleeping, though – with the lanai slider door open and the waves pounding on the shore!

    An aside: since roads are laid out by topography, not N/S/E/W, places are described as being “Mauka” (towards the mountain) or “Makai” (towards the sea). This is a good thing to know so you don’t lose your rental car in some huge parking lot! Knowing the difference between “Kane” and “Wahine” will save you a lot of embarrassment….LOL!!

    1. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

      I went summer of 1973. We would drive from Hilo to Kona by going up and over between some mountains. Toward the top the car would run terrible and “miss” a lot. My husband says that we maybe high enough to not be getting enough air to the engine. When we told our hosts about this road over the mtns that would cut off an hour of travel they cautioned us to not do it again because of the potential for bad weather even in July.

  21. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    Anyone have a prediction for next weeks snow totals? I know it would be a tough one.

    1. Bobby (Ada) says:

      I’m still on the fence on this one, and won’t lock in my official prediction until tomorrow night. The GFS seems to delay the timing a hair in contrast to the NAM, and i think the track is still a little too south based on those models. If it tracks more northward, i see the potential for at least 8-12″ if not more, and it will DEFINITELY be all SNOW no rain here!! STAY TUNED!!! Curious to hear from INDY, JACK & ROCKY.

  22. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Looking at old hopping Henry Margusity’s guess (and for him you have to take it with a grain of salt or two) for the snow fall for next week I now know where some get their snow fall totals on here. Its 30° here in Walke with light snow still falling.
    SlimJim

  23. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    The models are still on the fence with temperatures… one degree warmer and were all rain, one degree colder and were all snow.

    The models have came into a better agreement on the track of this system. The current track would put most of SWMI in a prime area for significant snowfall. If this system stays colder, I could see areas along and south of 96 with 6-10″. If it gets even colder than currently forecast we could be talking about closer to a foot, but a this point I think that’s going to be hard to manage with temperatures so close to freezing.

    On the flip side of snow, if the temperatures end up warmer, it’s possible we could have a small bout of freezing rain… before turning to all rain for the rest of the event. It would by far be the coldest rain so far this year… which I really hope doesn’t happen. But with the way models and history of the year so far have been, It’s hard not to look at that being a very possible outcome.

    If I had to lean to one side or another, I would say areas along I-96 would have the best shot of heavy snow, while staying that extra degree colder. Further south, along 94… It would be more of a snow/freezing rain/sleet mix… or as I like to call it, a “concrete mix”.

    If there is any positive to this system, it’s that it’s still a few days away, and alot can change. I believe that there’s a better chance of the temps being too warm for this system, as depicted from the models and that would mean more snow for everyone… but time will tell what really is likely to happen.

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      Good reading Harry. It can at times be tough to keep in perspective the size of Wood’s viewing area. What can be a major bust for one area can be a major win for another. This seems to almost ALWAYS be the case. In the summer, GR might get a good thunderstorm but it may stay dry as a bone down here along the I-94 corridor such as it did last year. Vice-Versa, we might get a ton of LE snow along I-94 especially in my area, as GR gets very little. It is a big area to forecast, so I give all the Pro’s credit. This storm has the potential for GR people to be carrying shovels, and Kazoo/BC people to be carrying unmbrellas. Still too early to tell. (BTW, I already know rocky, it’s gonna be a BIG snowmaker for everybody and the cold and snowy pattern will persist for another 2-3 weeks, so I should get used to it. :P )

  24. fixer says:

    I think spring is going to suck around here.

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