Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:29:14 GMT | By Mary Doyle, MSN News
Weird, wild and wicked weather

Looking back at the weather

Looking back at the weather (© The Canadian Press, Rex Features)
  • Looking back at the weather (© The Canadian Press, Rex Features)
  • Weirdly warm winter weather (© MSN Weather)
  • Pedestrians cross the street in downtown Saskatoon, Sask. as heavy snow falls on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
  • Waters from the swollen Assiniboine River flood the KOA campground in St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba on Friday, May 13, 2011. (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
  • Cars sit crushed by a concrete block wall in Goderich, Ontario on Monday August 22, 2011 that was knocked down by a tornado. (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
  • A burnt-out building in Slave Lake, Alta. (© Photo by Ketih Levit)
  • Jory Fowler of Hawkeye LLC, works to restore power on a National Grid powerline in Hudson, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. An ice storm knocked out power across upstate New York and New England. (© AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • A global record (© Photo by Brian Bielmann/Rex Features)
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The unusually warm, dry weather that many parts of North America experienced at the start of 2012 is a reminder of how variable the climate can be. Just a year earlier, for example, the weather watchword was snow ... and then more snow. As spring arrives, the question will be whether we can bank on forecasters' predictions.

Because weather affects so much of what we do, we are fascinated by it, especially when it goes to extremes.

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