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article imageOp-Ed: Video: 2012 'Year of the new normal' — Weather extremes

By Anne Sewell     Jan 1, 2013 in Environment
Many have noticed that 2012 was a year of very extreme weather conditions worldwide. HawkkeyDavisChannel on YouTube has compiled a video, showing just how extreme this weather was.
Starting in January 2012 with flooding in various locations of the world, the video progresses through each month of the year.
Not only flooding, torrential rain and landslides, but extreme hail storms, with golf-ball-sized hail stones, hammering China and England, which then melted, in some cases causing yet more flooding.
Record snowfalls in Japan, leaving drifts around two meters deep, burying cars and buildings.
Tornado damage in Poland
Tornado damage in Poland
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Tornadoes ripped through several states in the USA, causing damages to homes and other buidings. Other countries, including Spain, experienced tornadoes and water spouts.
Earthquakes shook up cities, destroying buildings, displacing residents.
Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Hurricanes, including Hurricane Sandy, the Superstorm that devastated parts of the Caribbean and New York City and surrounds.
Devastation from Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway  Queens  New York.
Devastation from Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, Queens, New York.
Red rain, causing concern about the safety of drinking water.
Tsunami warnings, which luckily did not lead to massive disasters, as seen in Japan the previous year.
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Volcanoes, spewed ash and rock into the air, causing evacuations and some deaths.
When seen as a whole, it seems that the YouTube channel is correct in stating this extreme weather as "the new normal", making one wonder what will happen in 2013?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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