Hawaii volcano eruption: Mysterious freezing rain STUNS scientists after lava explosion

Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE Hawaii volcano eruption has triggered a shock event that has left experts baffled, with one meteorologist admitting he has “never seen this before,” after the explosive lava caused a winter freeze blast.

Sat, Jun 9, 2018

Mysterious weather events have struck Hawaii’s Big Island, where the volcano Kilauea continues to erupt and spew lava.

The Hawaii National Weather Service was forced to issue a shock Winter Weather Advisory alert after freezing rain and ice appeared in areas of the Big Island.

The unusual weather event is incredibly rare and meteorologists have admitted that they have “never seen this before”.

One Hawaiian meteorologist Pete Caggiano told viewers: “Lava flow has actually prompted a winter weather advisory for the summit of the Big Island.

“Lava is entering into the ocean that is creating a lot of steam. As that steam rises up it cools and falls back down as freezing rain and fog.

“I have never seen this before. This has sparked a winter weather warning for above 12,000 ft. There are ice on the roadways so this is creating dangerous conditions.

“This weather is yet another unusual byproduct of this lava flow that continues to emerge.”

According to the official advisory, recent observations from the summit of Mauna Kea, 72 miles from Kilauea, indicate below-freezing temperatures are bringing freezing fog and rain.

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