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.
Though recovery continues from Superstorm Sandy, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should prepare for another active season in 2013.
The potential for isolated severe weather will creep up in the Northern Plains, Texas and the Gulf States.
The volcano is in a rather remote spot, and the biggest price will be to airlines caused by the ash.
Thunderstorms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are pushing through the Plains continuing this weekend and into Monday.
Smoke from fires in the Yucatan Peninsula will affect parts of Texas and Louisiana over the weekend.
A tornado reaching up to a mile wide at times left at least six dead Wednesday in Hood and Johnson counties, Texas.
Mt. St. Helens (Washington) (1980)
Mt. St. Helens erupted; smoke plume rose to height of 80,000 ft. Visibility lowered to under a mile 400 miles downwind of the eruption. Five people died and over 2,000 had to be evacuated because of the mudslides and flooding that occurred when the snowpack melted. The cloud formed by the eruption reached the East Coast in three days and circled the world in 19 days.
Ft. Lauderdale, (1973)
DC-9 crashes in a heavy thunderstorm, injuring three people.
Tornado in Burlington, OH. The storm leveled every structure in the town - houses, barns, walls and fences.