Texas seems to welcome wild weather, and that held true in 2012, even as it was stuck in miserable drought conditions. A freakish hailstorm created waist-deep mud drifts in the Texas Panhandle. Piles of hail came down and left people trapped in their cars, awaiting help from emergency crews; the storm closed down the southbound end of U.S. 287 for an entire night. The next day snowplows were needed to clear roads.
- Natural Phenomena