The white stuff blanketing Southern California’s Huntington Beach on Monday was not powdery sand.
It was hail.
People of all shapes and sizes flocked to the beach to snap images of the white stuff covering the Orange County shoreline.
But Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said despite the Twitter frenzy of photos, this is not all that unusual.
“Any time a thunderstorm moves over and there’s a little bit of ice,” this phenomenon happens, he said. “For once, we’re having a normal winter precipitation.” He also insisted that it was hail dotting the beach, not snow.
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Other parts of California saw weird weather over the weekend as well. In the Bay Area, it hailed in San Jose on Sunday, and even snowed a bit on the hillsides.
Boldt said that weather conditions should warm up by Tuesday.