Snow is causing problems across large parts of the U.S. at the moment, but one place you don’t expect to find it is Hawaii.
But that’s what has happened with experts saying that it is likely to be the first time it has fallen on a state park and at the lowest altitude ever recorded for snowfall in the state.
The snow was recorded at Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area which is 6,200 feet above sea level.
When Lance Endo’s friend camping at a state park on Maui texted him early on Sunday that there was snow he jumped in his truck and drove more than hour to see it.
He said: ‘I just wanted to go play in the snow.’
Endo headed back down from the park on the slopes of Haleakala, where the weather service says there were snow drifts of about 4ft, to bring his two children up to the park.
Endo said he wanted his kids to ‘see something that’s very unusual in Hawaii.’
Elsewhere there has been serious disruption across Washington State.
Seattle’s metro area had already been hit by three snow storms this month and the National Weather Service reports that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has received over 20ins of snow so far in February, the snowiest month in more than 50 years.
The storm that hit Seattle on Sunday dumped up to 4ins of snow. More than 6ins of snow fell on Monday with rain and snow expected Tuesday as a lingering jet stream drives cold arctic air into the normally temperate region, and was part of the larger cycle that drove snow to Hawaii.
Meteorologist Kirby Cook said: ‘You’ve got storm after storm sliding down the sweet spot to produce low-level snow.’
When snow does fall in the area, normally enough warm air is drawn from over the Pacific to melt it soon after it falls, but the steady stream of cold air has kept normally-mild western Washington colder than normal – and let the snow build up.
‘It’s really rare for us to maintain this pattern,’ Cook said.