Here are some of the amazing news photos from 2012, gathered by The Associated Press.
Overcome with emotion, cabana owner Janet Ryan sits on the porch at the Breezy Point Surf Club in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, after her cabana sustained damage when a severe weather storm passed through the area. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)