As 2012 comes to a close, we can't help but look back on the weather events that impacted all of us. Thankfully we didn't see the type of destruction this year as we did in 2011, but there were still numerous extreme weather events.
Number 5 begins about 1300 miles away in Colorado as 12 wildfires scorched thousands of acres during the month of June all over the state. Firefighters fought the blazes for weeks, and were able to successfully bring the fires under control.
Number 4 hits a little closer to home, as a powerful EF-3 tornado roared through Conehatta during the early morning hours on October 17th. Trees were uprooted, and homes and barns were damaged and destroyed. Power transmission towers were toppled, and crews worked around the clock for days trying to restore power.
October was a big month for weather as our Number 3 event occurred just 12 days later as a Hurricane turned into a mid-latitude cyclone tore through the Northeast US. Superstorm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 29th, washing out the famous Seaside Heights Boardwalk, and cut power to millions in and around New York City. At least 253 people were killed in 7 countries, and an estimated $63 Billion of damage was done in the US alone.
Number 2 is also tropical in nature. Hurricane Isaac tore through the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts during late August, leaving 9 dead in its wake. Evacuees from the coast found themselves in Meridian to ride out the storm, but we still saw dangerous flooding in Clarke County, and two tornadoes in Clarke and Lauderdale Counties as a result of Isaac's heavy rainbands passing over us.
And finally our Number One Extreme Weather event of 2012 is the one still fresh on everyone's minds; the Christmas Day Tornado Outbreak. As severe weather parameters came together about 5 days before Christmas, meteorologists were calling for one of the biggest tornado outbreaks since the Spring of 2011. In all 2 people died and 11 were injured as 45 tornadoes including an EF-2 in Choctaw County, Alabama and damaging straight line winds bore down on the Southeast.
As we ring in the New Year with a sloppy start, only time will tell what 2013 holds.