As of today, snow is on the ground somewhere on 49 of the 50 states

by Thor on Feb. 13th, 2014

Can you guess which state is snow-free? USA Today has the answer for you.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Snowman in Hawaii
Snowman in HawaiiCourtesy Mark Ryan
I shot this snowman in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii about 10 days ago. The guy who built it hauled the snow in his pickup truck down from the top of Mauna Kea on the other side of the island. He lived in Kona but - and I'm sure this won't surprise you - was originally from Golden Valley, Minnesota.

posted on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:59pm
jennie's picture
jennie says:

I have a question...
why would there be a snowman in Hawaii?

posted on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:53pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

If you were a snowman, wouldn't you want to go to Hawaii?

posted on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 5:01pm
Roman's picture
Roman says:

no becuse if I was a snowman I will not go to Hawaii I will stay where it is coold.

posted on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 2:05pm
Bob Montgomery's picture
Bob Montgomery says:

No, because then i would melt like Olaf from Frozen.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:08pm
Olaf's picture
Olaf says:

Put me in summer and ill be a.....happy snowman!

posted on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:40am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Snow on Mauna Kea: photo taken January 31, 2014.
Snow on Mauna Kea: photo taken January 31, 2014.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Jennie - the Big Island of Hawaii contains 8 of the world's 13 climate zones including tundra climate. Seasonal snow is often seen on top of Mauna Kea (a nearly 14,000 foot-high dormant volcano). In fact, when I was there Mauna Loa, the second highest peak on the island, also contained snow - which is somewhat unusual. That side of the island gets a lot of rainfall which at the higher, colder elevations precipitates as snow. Anyway, as I stated above, snow was transferred by pickup truck to the shoreline town of Kailua-Kona on the other "much dryer" side of the island for the specific purpose of building a snowman, just because most people don't expect to see one there.

posted on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:03pm
corianne dekok's picture
corianne dekok says:

this is incredible. i wonder how snow can ever get into hawaii. only on top of the mountains. how?????

posted on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 1:59pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

The temperature at the nearly 14,000 feet altitude of the tops of both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa can certainly be cold enough to turn precipitation into snow, even in Hawaii.

posted on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 7:44pm
Bob Montgomery's picture
Bob Montgomery says:

cool hawaiin snowman
he looks a little deformed.
what happened? Nice neckllace,

posted on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:06pm
cgs student's picture
cgs student says:

i cannot believe that a snowman survived in such warm weather. like frosty the snowman, very interesting.

posted on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:00pm
aj123's picture
aj123 says:

mabye the snowman was just chilling! *_*

posted on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:22pm
Carson's picture
Carson says:

I hate snow. Snow is cold/ Snow is boring. Snow is everywhere. I haye

te snow.

posted on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 5:28pm
Snick's picture
Snick says:

The temperature keeps yo-yoing where I am. It snowed last week and this week it's 70 degrees. It's killing me slowly.

posted on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:50pm
katerine's picture
katerine says:

why does snow bother you?
how long before the snowman melted?

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 3:56pm
katerine's picture
katerine says:

why do you not like snow?
how is snow boring to you?
real canadians love snow

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 3:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Snow in Hawaii. So much logic.

posted on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Part of me wants to guess Alaska, just for hilarity. I know I'd be wrong, buuuut...

posted on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 3:31pm
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victoria says:

I think it's super awesome that you could make a snowman in hawaii! What an amazing world we have!

posted on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:29pm

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