This Week in Weird Weather

Gale-force winds, huge waves and possibly the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land. Pascal Rossignol--Reuters

Weather isn't weather anymore unless there's a "super" in front of it. See: super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhooon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. Haiyan, which touched ground in the Philippines on Friday, prompted the evacuation of a million people, and has already resulted in 100 deaths. 

Of course, big waves weren't big trouble everywhere. France survived some rough winds over the ocean this week and in Portugal, big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara saw fifty-plus feet of surf and thought, "Sure, I'll ride that." 

Weather1 Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines Nov. 7, 2013, in the Pacific Ocean in this image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mile per hour as it heads towards the island country. NOAA--Getty Images

Weather2 Women observe a solar eclipse during an event organized by the Sudanese Society for Astronomy and Space Science on the banks of the Nile river in Khartoum, Nov. 3, 2013. Sky watchers across the world were in for a treat as the final solar eclipse of 2013 takes on a rare hybrid form. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Weather3 The moon blocks the sun seconds before a total solar eclipse at the remote Sibiloi National Park on the shore of Lake Turkana, Nov. 3, 2013. Noor Khamis/Reuters

Weather4 Tourists wearing masks visit the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 2, 2013. Fog and haze shrouded many parts of north and east China Saturday, according to the National Meteorological Center. Li Wen/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Weather5 The Tower Bridge sticks out of dense fog in London, Nov. 6, 2013. Friso Gentsch/dpa/Corbis

Weather6 Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara of the U.S. drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal, Nov. 1, 2013. Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Weather7 Waves crash against the sea front in Wimereux as strong winds battered northern France Nov. 4, 2013. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Weather8 Mount Sinabung spews ash as it is pictured from Simpang Empat village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, Nov. 5, 2013. A volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate, officials said. (RTX150O6) Roni Bintang/Reuters