A destroyed home on Front Street in Union Beach, NJ Nov. 8, 2012, following the devastation from superstorm Sandy that hit the coast of New Jersey and New York areas. | Ken Cedeno/Corbis

Hit or Miss? Extreme Weather vs. Climate Change

In 2012, human activities influenced six extreme weather and climate events that struck around the globe.

September 11, 2013
1:00 PM EDT
A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) swims beside an inflatable zodiac boat in open water in Hudson Bay, Canada, on a summer evening. | Paul Souders/Corbis
A horse is cooled by the breeze of two fans run off a portable generator as it waits tied to its trailer in a field at Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown, New Jersey July 7, 2012. The temperature was near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). | Tom Mihalek/Reuters/Corbis
A woman sheltering under an umbrella at a street party in Morecambe, UK, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. | Andrew Fox/Corbis
A female red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) pauses in a rain storm at Australia's Sturt National Park. The red kangaroo population increased dramatically after the recent rains in the previous 3 years following 8 years of drought. | Theo Allofs/Corbis
The late sun catches a rain shower on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand. | Tim Clayton/Corbis
Corn plants are seen in a drought-stricken farm field near Evansville, Indiana, July 18, 2012. | John Sommers/Reuters/Corbis
A heavy rainstorm flooded the town of Chongqing, China on July 22, 2012. | Corbis