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.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall on Aug. 28 near the mouth of the Mississippi River. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Heavy, wet snow and swirling winds caused by superstorm Sandy brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and some neighboring Appalachian states. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)