The 2021-22 North American blizzard was one of the most severe winter storms on record for the region, lasting for several days and producing heavy snowfall, strong winds, and bitter cold temperatures. The blizzard caused extensive power outages and transportation disruptions, as well as severe flooding due to the rapid snow melt. In particular, the blizzard caused more than 50,000 customers in Maine and Vermont to lose power, and in New York’s Buffalo area, more than two feet of snow fell in places and wind gusts reached up to 60mph at times.
The tornado outbreaks of March 5-7, 2022, March 21-23, 2022, and March 29-31, 2022 were significant and caused extensive damage. The March 5-7, 2022 outbreak resulted in at least 59 tornadoes being reported, while the March 21-23, 2022 outbreak resulted in at least 60 tornadoes being reported and the March 29-31, 2022 outbreak resulted in at least 114 tornadoes being reported. All three events caused significant damage to homes, businesses, and other structures, resulting in numerous injuries and at least 70 fatalities.
The tornado outbreaks of April 4-7, 2022 and April 21-23, 2022 were significant and caused extensive damage. The April 4-7, 2022 outbreak resulted in at least 12 tornadoes being reported, while the April 21-23, 2022 outbreak resulted in at least 73 tornadoes being reported. Both events caused significant damage to homes, businesses, and other structures, resulting in numerous injuries and at least one fatality.
The California wildfires in 2022 were relatively mild, with only 362,478 acres burned compared to the 2.5 million acres burned in 2021 and the 4.3 million acres burned in 2020. Despite the lower acreage burned, the fires caused significant damage to homes, businesses, and other structures, resulting in numerous injuries and at least several fatalities.
6. The January 2022 North American blizzard was a major winter storm that affected the eastern mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US on January 28-29, 2022. It brought heavy snow, gusty winds, and numerous power outages to the region, resulting in five deaths and $600 million in damage. The storm also spawned seven tornadoes in Florida, one of which was an EF2 that resulted in three injuries.
5. The 2022 Ferndale earthquake, which measured 6.4 on the moment magnitude scale, was the largest earthquake to strike Ferndale, California in Humboldt County, United States on December 20, 2022. It caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, and other structures, resulting in two indirect fatalities and seventeen injuries. Additionally, 271 aftershocks above magnitude 1.0 occurred, with the largest measuring 5.4 on the moment magnitude scale.
The 2022 Montana floods caused over $1.8 billion in damages, destroying 115 homes and leading to the evacuation of over 1000 people. The floods were a result of a stalled weather pattern that produced heavy rain and snowfall across the region, leading to historic flooding in many areas. The floods also resulted in two indirect fatalities and seventeen injuries.
3. Hurricane Ian was one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in recent years, making landfall near Cayo Costa in southwestern Florida as a dangerous, high-end Category 4 storm. Maximum sustained winds as high as 85 mph pushed a 3 to 6 foot storm surge onshore damaging homes and businesses along the coast of northeastern South Carolina and southwestern Florida. Ian's sustained winds increased to 85 mph late Thursday and it could bring "life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds'' to those in its path. In all, the storm knocked out power to more than four million customers in Florida, and an additional 1.1 million homes and businesses lost power when the storm plowed through the Carolinas. According to PowerOutage.us, there are more than 100,000 customers who are still without power across Florida. 87 deaths have been reported as residents in Florida and the Carolinas face recovery costs estimated to be around $47 billion in insured losses, according to research firm CoreLogic.
The December 2022 winter storm is expected to be one of the strongest winter storms of the season, with strong winds, heavy snowfall, and bitterly cold temperatures. The storm is likely to bring several feet of snow to the Great Lakes region, as well as strong winds and temperatures that could feel as low as -25 °F in parts of Montana and the Dakotas. The cold temperatures and strong winds could cause power outages, transportation disruptions, and other hazards.