Once again, we’re inching closer to the end of the year and YouTube has decided to reflect on its news-sharing ability in 2012.

In a blog post, YouTube shared some of its more popular topics this year, one of which took place just under a month ago in the Northeast, Superstorm Sandy. In total, 39,000 videos covering the storm were uploaded onto YouTube with The Weather Channel broadcasting 70+ hours of continuous coverage from areas ravaged by the storm, reaching 13 million views. One of the last pieces of video to receive a ton of views in a short amount of time is the exploding substation video, which was viewed over 4 million times within 24 hours.

The U.S. presidential election was another topic YouTube users were very interested in as videos tagged with “Obama” and “Romney” were watched 2.7 billion times, while the debates receiving 27 million views.

YouTube’s full infographic can be seen after the jump below and as great as the service is for watching adorable cat videos on, it’s also good to know that people can turn to it when they need their dose of news when all they have is an Internet connection.

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