A Wild, Costly Year in Weather
From a snow-filled winter that was seen as one of the worst in years to a devastating and deadly season of tornadoes, 2011 saw many extremes in severe weather. It was a year marked by a total of 12 weather-related disasters that topped $1 billion in damages, making 2011 the costliest year ever for such events. While some strange weather included rare southern snowfalls and searing heat waves in the Midwest, the nation was also plagued by prolonged droughts that cost billions in crop loss. In other parts of the country, major floods wreaked havoc on towns and cities. The end of the summer saw the East Coast pounded by Hurricane Irene, followed by the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Lee. Recent wildfires and strong wind storms in California are putting an exclamation mark on 2011 – a year many experts are calling one of the most extreme in terms of wild weather. (AP Photo/tornadovideo.net)
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