A storm will bring rain from East Texas into the Southeast for the last day of 2012 and first days of 2013.
A storm developed in New Mexico during the early morning of New Year's Eve, pushing rain into Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Through the afternoon, rain will push into Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee as well. The rain in South Texas and Louisiana will be accompanied by thunder, mainly in the afternoon and into the evening.
Unlike the thunderstorms that terrorized this area on Christmas Day, these storms are not expected to be severe.
However, heavier rain, especially in a thunderstorm, has the potential to reduce visibility and make for challenging travel. Motorists should use caution when driving in these areas.
For ringing in the new year, rainy weather will continue in the southern Plains, and spread east through Alabama and Kentucky on Monday night.
The year 2013 will start off with rain from southern Texas into northeastern Virginia as the storm moves eastward during the day on Tuesday. Along the Gulf Coast, rain and showers will continue into midweek.
Although this rain will make for a soggy holiday, a light, steady rain may help to alleviate the extreme droughts in southern Texas and lesser severe droughts in eastern Texas and Louisiana.
The center of the country has experienced drought conditions since early this past summer. High pressure that persisted for much of May, June and July kept it hot and mainly dry from Denver to Dallas.
The lighter and constant rain through this week, rather than one day's bursts of drenching rain in a thunderstorm, will allow the rain to sink into the ground.
While this rain is not anticipated to erase drought conditions completely, it should help to lessen the effect for the start of 2013.
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Unsettled weather for the extended Labor Day weekend will be across the Southeast, Upper Midwest, northern Rockies and the Four Corners.
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.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
A rapid shutdown of tropical activity and an end to hurricane season in early September is not likely this year, despite a strong El Nino.
Tropical Depression 14-E is several hundred miles southwest of Mexico and is expected to strengthen slowly into a tropical storm.
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.