Much of the United States and the globe will have benign weather conditions for sunrise services on Easter Sunday, 2012. However, there will be a few exceptions.
A chilly, even frosty, start to the day is in store for the Northeast. Some wet snow is expected for portions of northern Maine.
Tranquil weather is in store for the Southeast. However, there may be a passing shower along Florida's east coast and the southern counties and Keys.
Farther west, we find a few trouble spots over the Plains and the Upper Midwest. Showers and thunderstorms are possible in portions of northern and western Texas to parts of Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
Farther north, cold, gusty winds will buffet the Dakotas and Minnesota. Windswept snow will affect a large part of Manitoba Easter Sunday morning.
Much of the West will be free of storms. However, there will likely be fresh snow on the ground and perhaps quite a bit of it in portions of Montana, Idaho, northwestern Wyoming and southern Saskatchewan from the recent storm.
A new storm from the Pacific Ocean will approach the coastal areas of the Northwest, but showers may hold off until later Sunday and Sunday night in many locations.
Elsewhere in Canada, rain showers and breezy conditions are in store for Newfoundland, while snow mixes in farther west over part of the eastern townships of Quebec.
Across the miles, unsettled weather will occur in Iceland and portions of Europe, namely in parts of western Russia and the Adriatic, western Balkan and Baltic regions.
Unsettled weather for the extended Labor Day weekend will be across the Southeast, Upper Midwest, northern Rockies and the Four Corners.
Tropical Depression 14-E is several hundred miles southwest of Mexico and is expected to strengthen slowly into a tropical storm.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
While lulls in tropical activity in the Atlantic will continue, a rapid end to the hurricane season in September does not always occur during an El Niño.
The combination of moisture from Erika and a non-tropical system will drench areas from Florida to the South Carolina coast through the middle of the week.
Heat will be erased by an autumnlike air mass across parts of northern Europe.
East Coast (1775)
Matecumbe Key, FL (1935)
Labor Day Hurricane hit Florida. Pressure at Matecumbe Key dipped to 26.35"/892.3 mb. Most intense hurricane ever to hit the U.S. with 200-mph wind. Tide of 15 feet; 408 dead.
Mecca, CA (1950)
126 degrees - highest ever for U.S. in Sept.