WATCH: A year of global weather patterns

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, February 7, 2014, 4:17 PM -

The world saw some wild weather in 2013, from the El Reno tornado in the U.S., to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to an intense ice storm in southern Ontario during the Christmas season.

Now, you can view all that, and much more, in this animated visualization.

As an added bonus, the video contains commentary from geophysicist Mark Higgins.

In Canada, "floods were the big newsmakers," Environment Canada says on its website, noting June's unprecedented flooding in Alberta and the surprise floods that inundated Toronto a few weeks later.

FOLLOW ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website.

"In some cases it was fast and furious rains that were to blame; in others it was a mix of rainfall and snowmelt. Add an urban landscape with little capacity to absorb the aftermath and you have all the key ingredients for an ominous overflow."

A seemingly never-ending winter in the Prairies and Atlantic Canada as well as a sunny and rain-free July in B.C. are other noteworthy weather events that happened in 2013.

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