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Photograph by Daniel Bryant

ARIZONA

The biggest dust storm in living memory rolls into Phoenix on July 5, 2011, reducing visibility to zero. Desert thunderstorms kicked up the mile-high wall of dust and sand.


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Photograph by Rick Murray

TENNESSEE

Jamey Howell and Andrea Silvia had just heard that church was canceled when the flood submerged their Jeep near Nashville on May 2, 2010. The teenagers clung to the roof rack for more than an hour and then—as their parents watched helplessly—let go. A mile downstream they struggled onto a riverbank, alive.


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Photograph by Scott Olson, Getty Images

MISSISSIPPI

Fortified by a levee, a house near Vicksburg survives a Yazoo River flood in May 2011. Snowmelt and intense rains—eight times as much rainfall as usual in parts of the Mississippi River watershed—triggered floods that caused three to four billion dollars in damages.


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Photograph by Martial Trezzini, European Pressphoto Agency/Landov

SWITZERLAND

Frozen spray from Lake Geneva entombs cars, trees, and a promenade during a severe cold spell in February 2012. An unusual dip in the polar jet stream, which looped as far south as Africa, brought Arctic air and deep snows to Europe, killing several hundred people.


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Flooding and drought will become more frequent, sometimes even together <i>(Image: Dan Himbrechts/Newspix/Rex Features)</i>


Smoke over La Coruna


OIL TANKER ON FIRE 


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