#5. The island of Hawaii is two-sided. The Kona side is drier and gets about 10 inches of rain/year. The Hilo side is wet and tropical with more than 150 inches of rain/year. Higher elevations get more.
#10 & #12. If measured from the sea floor, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on Earth at 33,476 feet. Measured from sea level, it’s 13,796 feet. It is the site of the Mauna Kea Observatory and the world’s largest telescope.
Most often the big mountains are shrouded in clouds. Just once in the last four weeks we got these views.