Beaches and streets in Southern California suddenly turned white during a hailstorm late Monday morning, stunning residents who quickly ran outside to get a picture or play in the unusual weather.
The hail was reported in areas like Huntington Beach and Long Beach – areas that have seen little precipitation of any kind in recent months due to a long-term drought that has gripped the West.
A woman stands in the deep hail in flip flops Monday in Huntington Beach, California. (Instagram/Priscilla Willis)
“Upper-level energy associated with Winter Storm Thor has been triggering thunderstorms along the California coast since this past weekend,” said weather.com meteorologistChris Dolce. “These thunderstorms produced small hail that whitened the ground in parts of the Bay Area on Saturday and did the same in Southern California on Monday.”
Winter Storm Thor is expected to move from the West Coast through the Plains and East, affecting parts of 48 states on the way.
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Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it – Ezekiel 13:11-13 (KJV).
He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow – Psalms 147:17-18 (KJV).
He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land – Psalms 105:32 (KJV).
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? – Job 38:22-23 (KJV).
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail – Revelation 11:19 (KJV).
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great – Revelation 16:21 (KJV).
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand – Isaiah 28:2 (KJV).
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire -Psalms 18:13 (KJV).