By Carolyn Gramling, via Wasdefaulthingtom Post

While 2012 was a rough year around the globe, it wasn’t because of the Planet X/Mayan calendar doomsday reasons people feared. Instead, it was a year of extreme weather: drought and heat waves in the United States; record rainfall in the United Kingdom; unusually heavy rains in Kenya, Somalia, Japan and Australia; drought in Spain; floods in China. And, of course, Hurricane Sandy.