The streak of warm years continued in 2011, with severe weather and climate extremes in the U.S. and worldwide.
2011 was the 11th warmest year on record globally, and the warmest La Nina year ever observed.
As a fierce blizzard winds down in the Plains, the death toll from Tropical Storm Washi rises in the Philippines.
A tropical cyclone traversing an unusual path took the southern Philippines by surprise, killed at least 900 from flash flooding.
A look at which states were hit hardest by extreme climate and weather events in 2011.
More extreme hot days and more flooding will mean economic, environmental and health consequences for the Garden State.
The newly discovered virus Hendra has roared fully into life with more outbreaks in 2011 than in the 16 previous years.