On the evening of January 2nd into the morning hours of January 3rd 2015 a powerful cold front swept through the Big Island of Hawaii. In the lower elevations of the island band after band of wind and rain pounded the island relentlessly for about 8 hours.
In the higher elevations above 11,000 feet both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (both just under 14,000 feet in elevation) received copious amounts of snow and freezing rain with wind gusts at the summit recorded at 154 mph!!
The damage to the island was extensive with many areas losing power, cell service and downed trees. We were lucky here in Waimea Town with no loss of power, but even as of yesterday areas in North Kohala still had not gotten power back! This was by far the worst cold front storm I have seen in Hawaii!
The aftermath of the storm will be lots of green grass for the ranches and some beautiful vistas of snow covered mountains here in Hawaii. In this composite you will see the first glimpse of snow on Mauna Kea with the bright blue skies. This image was featured on Hawaii News Now for a few of their newscasts statewide and as of this writing has had more than 120,000 page views on the Ethan Tweedie Photography Fanpage!!! The other images were taken at sunset on January 7th, one of the clearest days I have seen!!
Happy New Year!