An agricultural building is collapsed during a heavy storm in Meimbressen, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. A powerful storm lashed Europe with high winds and snow, killing at least four people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP)

Powerful storm wreaks havoc across western Europe

By Eric Cheung, Rudolph Birgelen and Nadine Schmidt, CNN
Germany and the Netherlands woke up to scenes of devastation Friday after a powerful storm flattened buildings, disrupted travel and killed at least eight people.

Earth turned up the heat in 2017

By Brandon Miller, CNN Meteorologist
2017 was once again one of the hottest years on record, ranked as the second-warmest by NASA and third-warmest by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017: Residential neighborhoods near the Interstate 10 sit in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017  in Houston, Texas. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

US shatters record for disaster costs in 2017

By Brandon Miller, CNN Meteorologist
2017 was the costliest year ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday, totaling $306 billion. The previous record year, 2005, saw $215 billion in disasters.