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Top 10 weather stories of 2012

Staff writers

December 31, 2012 — The Weather Network counts down the top 10 most impactful weather news makers of 2012. Find out what made the list and what major weather event landed in the #1 spot.

Top 10 weather stories of 2012
Top 10 weather stories of 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, we look back at the Top 10 weather stories of the year. 

  • #10- April tornado outbreak in the U.S.: Widespread damage, states of emergency and several fatalities. The deadly April tornado outbreak in the United States left its place in the record books.
  • #9- Typhoon Jelawat: It went from a Category 1 storm to a Super Typhoon in the blink of an eye. Typhoon Jelawat was one of the most powerful storms to strike East Asia in 2012.
  • #8- Europe's deep freeze: Bone chilling temperatures and snow storms from the Baltics to the Sahara Desert. Europe's deep freeze resulted in more than 800 weather related deaths.
  • #7- A winter that wasn't: Record breaking heat across many parts of North America this March left residents wondering what happened to winter.
  • #6- Extreme drought/wildfires in the U.S.: It was a very hot summer in parts of the U.S. Extreme drought and wildfires made for a devastating mix.
  • #5- Prairie tornadoes: There were so many twisters and funnel clouds in Saskatchewan this summer that it was unofficially declared the year of the tornado.
  • #4-Timmins wildfire: Fires burned nearly 40,000 hectares of land. Flames were so fierce, they jumped across highways.
  • #3- BC floods: Rapid snow melt combined with consistent rain caused havoc for thousands in BC.
  • #2- Tropical Storm Leslie: In a matter of hours, hurricane force winds and heavy rain caused widespread power outages across Newfoundland.
  • #1- Hurricane Sandy: Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the U.S. Northeast causing an estimated $60-billion in damage. That's second only to Hurricane Katrina in magnitude and cost.

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