Surf's up dude! Huge waves will continue to pound the Southern California beaches through the last unofficial weekend of summer.
A storm thousands of miles away, near New Zealand, started the chain of waves moving towards California last week, like a big plunger in a giant bathtub.
Areas hit by the swell will have waves between 7 and 9 feet high, with occasional sets to 11 feet on exposed southwest-facing beaches, through the weekend, a National Weather Service report said. The big waves are good news for surfers.
"This swell event will be one of the largest surf episodes during the Summer of 2011," Surfline.com President Sean Collins wrote.
"This same swell passed through Tahiti on Saturday during a world tour surfing competition," Collins said, "and generated waves near 40 feet that also damaged coastline structures in Tahiti."
The waves in California will be much smaller than the waves in Tahiti, but it's still bad news for the average beach bum.
"This is a very dangerous situation for [people] who may find themselves suddenly caught by these large waves on rocks, jetties or in deeper water," Collins wrote.
The punches just keep coming from Old Man Winter as another storm with snow may sweep from the Midwest this weekend into the mid-Atlantic and perhaps New England by Groundhog Day.
Those in New England may be reminded of the Blizzard of 2015 early this weekend as a strengthening storm system impacts the region.
The same storm opening the door for snow showers to stream across the United Kingdom and Ireland will impact southern Europe late in the week.
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Choteau, MN (1989)
Winds gusted to 124 mph.
NY and VT (1990)
Big snowstorm; some amounts: Andover, VT 28 inches Mount Holly, VT 24 inches Utica, NY 17 inches Lowville, NY 14 inches Albany, NY 11 inches Syracuse, NY 11 inches
Central Pacific (1992)
Hurricane Ekeka was churning in the Pacific 1,140 miles south-southwest of Honolulu. Maximum sustained winds of 80 mph with gusts to 100 mph. This was the first central Pacific hurricane on record during January.