Twelve months, twelve images. As the world looks back on the year past, and the ever-growing threat of climate change looms, AAP picture researcher Kristen Daly selects a dozen images that capture the headline-making, record breaking nature of weather in 2019.
January / Deep freeze in the US: Snow and ice cover a harbour light on Lake Michigan in Chicago on January 30. The arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures at the end of the month, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses. Image by Nam Y Huh for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
February / Flooding in Townsville: Residents wade through water in the suburb of Hermit Park in Townsville, Queensland on February 6. Several people died and up to 500,000 cattle are believed to have drowned in the devastating floods. Image by Dan Peled for AAP. See more images of this event.
March / Tornado outbreak in the US: Carol Dean, right, cries while hugging Megan Anderson and her 18-month-old daughter Madilyn in Alabama on March 4. Dean was sifting through the debris of the home she shared with her husband, David Wayne Dean, who died when a tornado hit their house. "He was one in a million," said Dean of her husband. Image by David Goldman for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
April / Flooding in Indonesia: An aerial picture shows a flooded area in Bangkulu, Indonesia on April 28. By this date at least 17 had died, nine others were missing, and thousands displaced after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides on the island of Sumatra. Image by Diva Marha for EPA/AAP. See more images of this event.
May / Cyclone in Mozambique: An aerial shot captures the destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth when it struck Ibo island north of Pemba city in Mozambique on May 1, causing more than 40 deaths. It arrived just six weeks after Cyclone Idai, which along with subsequent flooding is believed to have killed more than 1,000 people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Image by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
June / Cyclone in India: A fisherman is taken to hospital after he was injured while moving a boat to safety along the Arabian sea coast as Cyclone Vayu approached Veraval, India on June 13. Nearly 300,000 people were displaced from coastal areas in Gujarat, India in preparation for the approaching storm, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. Image by Divyakant Solanki for EPA/AAP. See more images of this event.
July / Global heatwave: People enjoy the sun and the fountains of the Trocadero gardens in Paris on July 25 as a new all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius hit the French capital. It was declared the hottest July and the hottest month globally since temperature records began. Image by Rafael Yaghobzadeh for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
August / Fires in the Amazon: A house is surrounded by land scorched by wildfires near Porto Velho, Brazil on August 23. Under international pressure to contain fire sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro authorised use of the military to battle the massive blazes. Image by Victor R Caivano for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
September / Hurricane in the Bahamas: Evacuees wait for transportation to leave Marsh Harbour Port on Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas on September 7. Hurricane Dorian made landfall a week earlier, creating widespread destruction and leaving at least 43 dead. It's been named as the most powerful storm to ever hit the Bahamas. Image by Al Diaz for Miami Herald/ABACAPRESS/PA/AAP. See more images of this event.
October / Drought in Australia: An aerial image captures sheep feeding on cotton seed on a drought affected property near Bollon in southwest Queensland on October 12. The Bureau of Meteorology has declared spring of this year the driest of 120 years of rainfall records, with Queensland, New South Wales and other parts of eastern Australia hit by crippling drought conditions. Image by Dan Peled for AAP. See more images of this event.
November / Bushfires in Australia: The smouldering ruins of a child's bike are captured following the Hillville fire in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales on November 12. As of mid November, fires had scorched more than 1,650,000 hectares statewide, a total area larger than that affected over the past three bushfire seasons combined. Image by Darren Pateman for AAP. See more images of this event.
December / Wildfires in California: Firefighters battle a blaze flaring up along Highway 54 in the Los Padres National Forest above Santa Barbara in California in late November. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut US aid funding to California as the state continues to battle fires sparked by dry winds this fall. Image by Noah Berger for AP/AAP. See more images of this event.
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