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Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy crashed into the East Coast in late October, causing 128 deaths and more than $70 billion in damage. Some dramatic images of destruction came from the shores of New York and New Jersey. (Sean Sweeney/AP Photo)

YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers

Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.