Hotter-than-normal weather has prevailed for the past few days. The heat peaked in the Los Angeles area Wednesday with widespread 90-degree temperatures, around 15 degrees above normal.
The offshore flow creating this heat will turn around quickly to onshore Thursday, then become increasingly strong through the weekend.
High temperatures Thursday will drop a 10 degrees from Wednesday's highs.
The coolest weather will be over the weekend, however. Morning marine clouds will extend far inland each morning before clearing to sunshine.
High temperatures will drop below normal with low to mid-70s for coastal cities and middle to upper 70s in the valleys.
Captured near Lake Tahoe at Diamond Peak in Incline Village, Nev., a unique formation of clouds create a scenic, dream-like view.
Tropical Cyclone Lusi will bring the threat for flooding rains and damaging winds to parts of New Zealand.
Millions of Irish and Irish-at-heart will gather for St. Patrick's Day celebrations across the United States.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Another storm in a seemingly endless parade threatens to bring severe weather, snow and flooding from Texas to Maine.
No injuries were reported after US Airways flight aborted takeoff Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport.
Philadelphia, PA (1803)
15" to 20" of snow.
Very strong winds: Kokee, Kauai 60 mph Makahuena, Kauai 55 mph Kahuku, Oahu 52 mph Upelu Point, Hawaii 50 mph
South Carolina (1991)
Early morning severe thunderstorm produced hail to 2.5" in diameter. Hardest hit was Lexington County. The hail destroyed a brand new pickup truck in Gaston.