BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) – From deadly tornadoes to wicked winter storms, folks all across the country had plenty to deal with in 2011. Here's a look back at this year's wild weather stories.
It was a busy year for firefighters in the West and Southwest, with triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions sparking thousands of wildfires in Texas. The most devastating blaze in the state's history was the Bastrop wildfire that destroyed over 30-thousand-acres.
And a deadly year for tornadoes, dangerous twisters ripped across the South back in April. Reducing thousands of homes to rubbles and killing more than 300-people across 7-states. In Alabama alone, more than 200-people were killed. Then in May a powerful EF-5 tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri completely destroying the small town and killing about 160-people.
In August hurricane Irene slammed states all along the East coast. The storm destroyed homes, flooded roads and knocked down power lines. "Irene" also created a messy situation in Maryland. One reporter in Ocean City was completely covered in foam.
And in Vermont a dam is compromised causing hundreds to leave their homes. It was insult added to injury for Arizona as giant dust storms and record breaking temps swept across the parts of the state. In August, temperatures reached sizzling 170-degrees .Filthy clouds of fog left residents' lungs filled with dirt, debris, and spores
To the mighty Mississippi River crested at levels not seen in decades, April showers left a massive path of destruction across Mississippi, Tennessee, and here in Louisiana.
And old man winter struck with an icy fist back in February with snow and ice walloping much of the U.S. from Texas to New England, making it one of the biggest and worst winter storms since the 1950's. And an unusually powerful October dumps heavy, wet snow from Maine to Maryland. Millions of people in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut were left without power for several days. The record-breaking storm was blamed for 3-deaths including a 20-year-old man in Massachusetts who was electrocuted.
And that was the year in wild weather. We can only hope old man winter goes a little easier on the U.S. this year.