At the beginning of July, the western US was scorched by a record-breaking heat wave that sent temperatures as high as 117 F. in Las Vegas and up to 128 F. in Death Valley, California more . . . The extreme heat triggered an intense wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters more . . . Iin early July, more than 300,000 people were without power in Toronto when the city was inundated by about three-and-a-half inches of rain, an average month's worth of precipitation, fell in one day more . . .
In early November, Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm to hit the planet in 2013 with wind speeds of 174 mph, barreled toward the Philippines, threatening massive destruction more . . .