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(Hawaii News Now)   Not news: The week before Christmas, weather forecasters tell Subby to expect rain and thunderstorms at home, heavy snow at work. Fark: In Hawaii   (hawaiinewsnow.com ) divider line
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2013-12-18 03:54:44 AM  
Pro-tip, subby:  At elevations high atop the Big Island, you can expect to see snow given the elevation is two miles high, and precipitation is common on all of the Hawaiian Islands.  Enjoy your trip!
 
2013-12-18 03:56:04 AM  
Who cares what the weather is, you're still in Hawaii.
 
2013-12-18 04:01:03 AM  
Global warming thread?
 
2013-12-18 04:02:18 AM  
I don't wish to alarm anyone but weather happens.

/Snowed in Tucson last year.
 
2013-12-18 04:11:37 AM  

Solid State Vittles: Pro-tip, subby:  At elevations high atop the Big Island, you can expect to see snow given the elevation is two miles high, and precipitation is common on all of the Hawaiian Islands.  Enjoy your trip!


Eh, 2.6, but close enough.  And of course, this being my tenth winter working up there, I know there's the chance of snow, or more likely ice, if and when we get a good storm coming through.  Not a high enough chance that I'd tell people to "expect" it - if you see decent snow cover up there as a tourist, consider yourself lucky.  The joke is that most people (and, importantly, the mods) would think it odd.

Intelligent_Donkey: Who cares what the weather is, you're still in Hawaii.


Next time you're driving a 4WD in 4LO, 1st gear, and you hit hard black ice and slide off an icy 15%+ grade at 12,500' above sea level, miles from the nearest emergency response, just remember, "Who cares what the weather is!"  (But at least they finally bought us studded tires now!)

sendtodave: Global warming thread?


Well, I don't feel a great need for yet another one of those, and I can't speak to what everybody else's climate is doing.  But up on the mountain, we have less snow, and less often, than we did 10, 50, 100 years ago... and our alpine lake has just about disappeared. :(
 
2013-12-18 04:27:06 AM  

dbirchall: Next time you're driving a 4WD in 4LO, 1st gear, and you hit hard black ice and slide off an icy 15%+ grade at 12,500' above sea level, miles from the nearest emergency response, just remember, "Who cares what the weather is!" (But at least they finally bought us studded tires now!)


Yeah, but at least you get out in the open. Could be worse, you could be stabbed.
 
2013-12-18 04:31:42 AM  
It's called Mauna Kea ('white mountain') because of the snow.
 
2013-12-18 04:42:47 AM  
I saw the headline and figured it was dbirchall. If you do get a fair amount of snow I look forward to your follow up when some skier/snowboarder fails to stop before it turns to rocks.

/any insider gossip on the 30 meter?
 
2013-12-18 04:45:49 AM  
I was totally hoping for brief flurries at sea level.  Lived there for a few years and tired of those smug b@st#rds when I am shoveling snow.
 
2013-12-18 04:54:10 AM  

Laobaojun: I was totally hoping for brief flurries at sea level.  Lived there for a few years and tired of those smug b@st#rds when I am shoveling snow.


I live in Honolulu so I am really getting a kick out of your reply.
 
2013-12-18 04:55:59 AM  

relaxitsjustme: I saw the headline and figured it was dbirchall. If you do get a fair amount of snow I look forward to your follow up when some skier/snowboarder fails to stop before it turns to rocks Nissans.


FTFY.   Not my pic (shot by a friend of a friend, if I recall), but this is why you make damn well sure the parking brake is on before you run to the port-a-potty at 13,760' on top of a hill of several hundred feet:

img.fark.net

/any insider gossip on the 30 meter?

Insider, not so much.  I read the news like everyone else.  There was a courtroom hearing last week where the clutching-at-straws crew tried to argue that the land board acted inappropriately way back when in granting initial approval despite their request for a contested case hearing.  (Uh, if initial approval was denied, how would you have filed for a contested case hearing, guys?)  Some geotechnical sorts were up a few months back taking core samples at the site to make sure there aren't hidden lava tubes or pukas; an archaeologist was with them, but that site has been pretty well scoured already, I think.  Oh, and UH wants to extend the leases past 2033, since they have the new management plan now, but there's opposition to that as well, and UH is now saying they want to do an EIS.  (I'm following that process even less, though.)
 
2013-12-18 05:02:43 AM  
Subby works at  Mauna Kea?

/one of those dream career paths that went out the window with my first marriage...

/robots are fun too, tho, and generally pay better, but I still have my regrets.
 
2013-12-18 05:29:41 AM  

Captain Swoop: Subby works at  Mauna Kea?

/one of those dream career paths that went out the window with my first marriage...


I'm up there some of the time (on the summit ≤30% of nights in a typical month) for one of my gigs, yes.

/robots are fun too, tho, and generally pay better, but I still have my regrets.

I better not mention our robots.
 
2013-12-18 06:22:38 AM  
Headline sounds like a thinly veiled brag to me.

/ 13°F here
//sucks
 
2013-12-18 07:21:52 AM  
Subby has astronomically poor taste in humor.
 
2013-12-18 07:28:52 AM  
Several years ago we took a vacation on Hawaii, and flew to the Big Island to stay several days at a small bungalow in Volcano, HI. We especially looked forward to a trip up to the observatories on Mauna Loa, which the resort had arranged for us. The airport at Hilo was rather wet; they'd had heavy rain just a few hours before we got there, but we got our car and drove up to where we were staying. When we got there we were told the Mauna Loa trip had to be cancelled due to heavy snow; the rain in Hilo had turned into 7' of snow on the extinct volcano, and no one was going up or down it until the road could be cleared.

/only disappointment we had on Hawaii
//going back one day to go up there
 
2013-12-18 07:42:15 AM  
The snow just keeps on falling in Hawaii, under station's west
Find someone close and hold them like you care
 
2013-12-18 08:00:57 AM  

dbirchall: Eh, 2.6, but close enough.  And of course, this being my tenth winter working up there


So jealous....
I was on the Big Island for a couple weeks back in April staying in Waikoloa. One of my planned activities was to get up to the Mauna Kea VIS for an evening of stargazing. After spending a day over in Hilo, we decided to drive back to Waikoloa via Saddle Road to check out the route and see what the drive was like. By the time we reached the Mauna Kea State Park area my wife was already light-headed and nauseous from the altitude change. On the way back down the other side we got hit with a fog bank that restricted visibility to about 5 feet in front of the car. After that I couldn't convince her to take the trip up at night.
 
2013-12-18 08:20:47 AM  
Side note:  I think it is funny that the URL can also be read as "Hawaii New Snow".com
 
2013-12-18 08:54:54 AM  
it's armageddon for hawaii!
 
2013-12-18 11:12:50 AM  
This in not unlikely, this happens most winters
 
2013-12-18 05:06:17 PM  
I started out in robots, ended up in beer

robots paid better
 
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