12/09/2011 06:21 pm ET

Extreme Weather Photos Of The Week From Around The World

This week was marked by several wild weather events. New Mexico was blasted by a winter storm earlier this week which left schools and highways closed.

Scotland and Northern England were battered with hurricane-force winds which cut off power for thousands. Experts predicted that the single day of winds, which peaked at 165 mph in some places, could cost Scotland £100 million (almost $157 million).

The drought that has been plaguing Texas, its worst single-year dry spell ever, seems to be improving. For the first time since May, a drought map released this week shows less than 50 percent of the state in the worst category, "exceptional drought."

The U.S. set a record in 2011 with the most number of extreme weather disasters causing over $1 billion in damages ever. In fact, the country has seen more of these billion dollar disasters in 2011, adjusted for inflation, than all of the 1980s.

Check out some of the weather events that made the news this week and let us know in the comments how they compare to the weather in your area.

Wild Weather Of The Week 12/9/11