A storm system that brought showers to Southern California Wednesday will move well east of the area late this week and bring much-improved weather in its wake.
Sunshine will break out late in the week, but temperatures will remain on the cool side with highs in the 60s to low 70s.
While the showers this system brought were light, it was enough to bring Los Angeles its first measurable rainfall since late July. Rainfall amounts across the L.A. Basin were mainly 0.10 of an inch.
Snow levels fell to around 6,500 feet in the mountains across Southern California. Snow was reported at Big Bear late Wednesday into Wednesday night with some light accumulation.
After winds gusted above 40 mph, winds will be much lighter across the mountains and high deserts late week and into the weekend.
Temperatures will begin to moderate a bit over the weekend.
For anyone with outdoor plans, the weekend will not disappoint as temperatures will rise into the 70s away from the coast and bright sunshine will prevail through Sunday afternoon.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.
Salano's Storm prevented Spanish admiral from attacking Pensacola.
Austin, TX (1984)
$14 million damage from a severe hailstorm. (The storm covered 20 mi. x 5 mi. area.)