It can be sobering to look back and see what types of disasters occurred in the past year. The memories of disaster events may only be through images we saw in the news, or they may have touched our lives directly.
2012 was full of extremes, too much water or not enough, heatwaves and hurricanes. This photo gallery on huffingtonpost.com describes the Worst Disasters of 2012
Wikipedia has an interesting category page with links to Natural Disasters by Year