Check out waterspout forming off San Clemente coast!
The first taste of fall weather and significant rainfall of the season are in store for the San Diego this week.
Following record heat with triple-digit temperatures at the beginning of October, the wet weather will be accompanied by a noticeable cooldown.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely to erupt into this evening and overnight as a cold storm system tracks into North County and Orange and Riverside counties.
Thunderstorms could even be locally strong with gusty winds, heavy downpours and hail. It is not out of the question that there could be a stray waterspout near the beaches or a weak tornado over the land.
Meanwhile, temperatures will be cold enough to support snow in the highest elevations. Snow levels are likely to drop to near 7,000 feet. Cold, windy conditions and snow are possible at the top of the Palm Springs Tram on Thursday.
A system tracking over the Rocky Mountains will spread snow over the region and into the Plains through the remainder of the week.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
While many bowl games will be played in warmer locales this year, there are others that will face cold and potentially wintry conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.
A winter storm will impact the United Kingdom and central Europe for Boxing Day and the holiday weekend.
The wet weather pattern will continue across the Seattle area through the first part of the weekend before drier weather moves in for the new week.
While blustery winds will howl on Christmas Day, Harrisburg will continue to escape more typical winter cold until next week.
New England (1778)
The Hessian Storm at Newport commenced 0 degrees, 18" of snow, NE gales - 50 soldiers reported frozen or lost - all of New England suffered.
Coldest Christmas ever known...minus 8 degrees in Boston. Minus 45 degrees in Lunenburg, VT
Cap May, NJ (1909)
28.57" barometer reading during large coastal storm.