2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

NATURAL DISASTERS

Superstorms and Scorchers: #1 Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy ranked at the top of weather searches on Yahoo!. Billions of dollars in destruction, more than 100 lives lost, and storm surges that swallowed roller coasters trumped the focus on national elections.

Jeff Masters, a head honcho in the weather blog world, warns that global warming is giving storm surges more wallop. "Expect to see many more shocking storm surge damage photos in the coming decades, unless we wise up, retreat from areas highly vulnerable to storm surge, and invest in increased shoreline protection measures," the meteorologist wrote on WunderBlog.