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.
Chicago will not catch a break from the bitter cold anytime soon, as more cold air heads to the city this week.
It has rained every day so far this month, except Dec. 1 around Atlanta. That trend will continue through Tuesday.
More waves of Arctic air are in the offing for Detroit this week.
After ending the weekend on a slick note, more cold air will dominate weather headlines this week.
Philadelphia International Airport received more snow (8.6 inches) from a single storm this past Sunday than it did all of last winter, when 8.3 inches fell.
After a day of heavy snow across the mid-Atlantic, ice and rain are adding to power outages, flight delays and hazardous road conditions.
Second great snow in 5 days: Morristown 21"; New Haven 17"; "four feet on level" in eastern Mass. - another high tide.
Mill city, OR (1987)
Three people were killed and two injured when a moving vehicle was smashed by a falling tree during high winds and heavy rain.
Sheridan, NY (1908)
Temperature dropped to -41 degrees F., all time low.