A Look Back at 2022 – and How to Make 2023 Better

They say the older you get, the faster time goes. Well, I must be getting old because 2022 flew by like no other year. Maybe you feel the same.

Unfortunately, it did not fly by fast enough to avoid the usual number of disasters that wreaked havoc for many people. Including Winter Storm Elliott, which brought blizzard conditions to a big chunk of the country and, along with an arctic blast, made this the coldest Christmas in recent memory.  

As in past years, most crises were weather-related. Such as hurricanes, blizzards and wildfires. More recently, we've had a number of electrical substations being shot up and vandalized, causing major blackouts.

Perhaps the biggest disaster of 2022 was the war in Ukraine and the damage it caused to the global economy. We've been feeling the effects of inflation all year long, especially when it comes to grocery store prices.

Ukraine War

Today I want to take a few minutes to review some of the biggest issues we dealt with during 2022. Not to rehash bad news – we get enough of that from the media. Rather to remind us this is the new normal for our world. And we need to prepare for it.

The humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s war in Ukraine continues to be devastating. Nearly 8 million refugees fled the country. Another 6.5 million were displaced within Ukraine. Power outages and school closings are just part of the mess.

Here in the U.S., we've also felt the effects of the war. Especially when it comes to supply chain disruptions and rising costs of just about everything. Including food.

Feeding a family now takes a much bigger chunk out of our household budgets. And that's assuming we can find food and other supplies we need for daily life.

Hurricane Ian

Another major disaster during 2022 was Hurricane Ian. It made landfall in late September in southwest Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

Ian then moved northeast across the state as a tropical storm, regained strength as a Category 1 hurricane and ravaged South Carolina.

The storm ended up killing at least 150 people, mostly in Florida. That made it the second deadliest storm to strike the continental U.S. this century.

It also caused some $50 billion in damages to homes, businesses and property. Millions were left without power, and flooding caused water contaminations.

Winter Storms Kenan and Elliott

In January, the North American Blizzard – also known as Winter Storm Kenan – struck the Atlantic coast.

It featured 2½ feet of snow in some areas and 75 mph winds. This nor'easter, bomb cyclone and blizzard clobbered residents from Delaware all the way up to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Some 130,000 homes lost power and many roads were closed due to blizzard conditions and coastal flooding. Four deaths were reported in Long Island, New York. Thousands of flights were canceled and transportation services were closed as wind gusts reached 99 mph.

As of this writing, Winter Storm Elliott was still causing major problems for the northern portion of the country, due to heavy snow and high winds.

Kentucky Flooding

Devastating flooding occurred in late July in eastern portions of Kentucky, right on the heels of record-breaking rainfall in the St. Louis area. The slow-moving thunderstorms dumped huge amounts of rain across eastern Kentucky.

In addition to drowning many residents and causing 40 deaths, floodwaters damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and vehicles. Creeks and rivers rose out of their banks, adding to the horrific conditions.

Tens of thousands lost electrical power. Damage to property and buildings was estimated at $1.2 billion. In Floyd County, some small towns were completely underwater. As many as 60,000 water service connections were without any water or were under a boil advisory.

The massive flooding came less than eight months after tornadoes ripped through Kentucky, killing 80. 

Western Wildfires

Also in 2022, wildfires in California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Texas resulted in loss of life, homes and electrical power.

In California alone, more than 7,000 fires were reported covering over 360,000 acres of land. Nine lives were lost, more than 770 structures were destroyed and over 100 others were damaged.

The biggest fires of the year in the Golden State were the Oak Fire in Mariposa County, the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County, and the Mosquito Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties.

Dry conditions combined with record-breaking heat fueled these fires in California and elsewhere. There is no reason to suspect those conditions will change anytime soon.

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