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2012: The year in weather

  • Rare clouds
    Mother of pearl (nacreous) clouds grace the skies over Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in December. (Copyright: BBC)
  • Droplets
    This spiderweb is covered in dew in northern Germany, as the area enjoys mild temperatures at the beginning of September. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sunken fleet
    Taxis in a flooded lot after "Superstorm Sandy" hit Hoboken, New Jersey, in October. The storm killed more than 120 people in the Caribbean and US. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Donner und blitzen
    This dazzling display of lightning was captured over the southern German city of Munich in September. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Flooded fields
    Farmland near Glastonbury in south-west England lies flooded in November as Britain is hit by heavy rain. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Drying up
    As much as half of the US was hit by severe drought. It may cause an increase in food prices in 2013 because of its effect on crops and cattle. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • From sun to snow
    Late March saw part of Scotland sweltering in summery temperatures of up to 23C – before the mercury dropped more than 20C in only a few days and snow returned. (Copyright: PA)
  • Seaside shivering
    Palm trees on the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi are covered in snow in January, as severe winter weather hits Eastern Europe. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Devastation
    The damage caused by "Superstorm Sandy" is estimated to cost $82bn to repair. This rollercoaster at Seaside Heights, New Jersey was one victim. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Golden sunset
    Plumes of smoke from power stations drift across the sky as floodwaters from heavy rain recede near Selby, North Yorkshire, in November. (Copyright: PA)
Some of the year's best weather pics, including shots from the long US drought, freezing winter in Russia and Hurricane Sandy.

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A year in space

The year in technology

A year of discovery

People of the year

The year in wildlife

Weird and wonderful

Future visions


New frontiers

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