The first taste of fall weather and significant rainfall of the season are in store for the Southland this week.
Following record heat with triple-digit temperatures at the beginning of October, the wet weather is being accompanied by a noticeable cooldown.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely into tonight as a cold storm system tracks into the Los Angeles Basin.
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 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.
Manhattanhenge occurs four times a year: twice in the summer during the setting sun and twice in the winter during the rising sun.
The wet pattern in the southern Plains over the past several weeks has nearly eliminated drought conditions across the region.
Severe storms ripped across Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico, leaving destruction and death in their wake as the extended Memorial Day weekend came to a close.
A tornado struck a drilling rig in Canadian, Texas, Wednesday night and caused several injuries.
California is in the grips of a four-year drought, and conditions are worsening in Washington and Oregon.
Mount Shindake erupted for the second time in the last nine months on Friday, according to the Global Volcanism Project at the Smithsonian Institution.
Ohio Valley (1982)
Severe thunderstorms: Tornado in Marion, IL killed 12, caused $100 million damage. Columbus, OH had a wind gust to 76 mph. Louisville, KY pelted by hail 2" in diameter.
Yuma, AZ (1877)
Severe two-day sandstorm.
Area from Wallace to Kearney counties: a great hailstorm caused $6 million damage.