37. The 2008 Chinese Winter Storms

Photographer: AP

Year: Jan-February 2008

Location: China

Casualties: 129

Every type of fearsome weather combined with below-average temperatures to bring much of China a hostile couple of weeks in 2008. Every element of a terrible winter storm made itself vastly present: collapsed homes, power outages, burst pipes, telephone failures, transportation blocks, airtraffic cancellations, etc. effected millions of people. Long, relentless storms and a slow, trudging recovery came as a package deal, and cost a shocking estimated $18 billion in damages and $13 billion to the economy. Everything's bigger in China.