49. The European Cold Snap

Photographer: Peter Dejong

Year: January-February 2012

Location: Continental Europe

Casualties: 650

Europe said a brisk hello to 2012 with an extreme cold wave that reached almost every part of the continent. Amsterdam's canals and lakes froze solid, turning the city into a (free!) city-wide skate rink. Rare and record conditions even hit the the deep Mediterranean and North Africa, which received some very-rare snowfall.