From typhoons to tornadoes, wildfires and floods, several impactful weather events helped to define 2013.
In the United States, the tropical season and severe weather season delivered below-normal numbers. Individual events still packed a punch, however. Internationally, devastating natural disasters were far from scarce this year.
Below are our editor's choice for the most compelling weather-event photos of the year.
In this Oct. 13, 2008, file photo, traffic snakes up a road as residents flee their hillside homes during a fast-moving, wind-driven brush fire in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg/FILE)
Dawn breaks over the rubble that used to be homes, in this case a door propped up and marked with a street number, left earlier in the week when a tornado hit Moore, Okla., Friday, May 24, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods with debris-filled winds of up to 200 mph. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's typhoon Haiyan and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A man walks through what is left of a neighborhood in Washington, Ill., on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a day after a tornado ripped through the central Illinois town. Rebuilding work is about to get underway in Washington. Residents could begin applying for building permits on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The tornado damaged or destroyed about 1,000 homes in the city of 16,000 people. (AP Photo/Armando Sanchez, File)
Photographers capture the Grand Canyon filled with fog on a fall morning, an event that occurs about once per decade, from Mather Point. (Photo/Grand Canyon National Park Service)
A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Hundreds of roads, farms and businesses in the area were damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters. (AP Photo/John Wark, File)
A sea of umbrellas in the arena as rain lashes down during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms early this week.
Following several stretches of unseasonable heat in August, September is set to yield lower temperatures across the United Kingdom.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance will move off the coast of Africa early this week and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan on Tuesday afternoon local time with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Following a stormy weekend across Germany, a period of dry and more seasonable weather is in store this week.
Anchorage, AK (1989)
A total of 9.6 inches of rain -- wettest August on record.
New England (1816)
"Year in which there was no summer", otherwise known to weather historians as "1800 and frozen to death" killing frost once again damages sparse corn corp in northern New England...loss of this and other crops led to severe famine in much of New England that winter...and helped spur western migration in spring of 1817.
New England (1965)
A total of 2.5 inches of snow on top of Mt. Washington set an August record. Vermont had a reading of only 25 degrees, while Nantucket had a chilly 39 degrees. Earliest freeze on record at many stations.