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Hurricane Leslie

Hurricane Leslie was the 12th of 19 named storms this year. The long-lived tropical cyclone spent several days meandering near Bermuda before striking Atlantic Canada. (Andrew Vaughan/AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

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.