THE United States experienced a string of severe weather disasters through 2021 from devastating tornadoes to wildfire hell and "heat domes."
The year of deadly storms and heat came as the predictions of French philosopherNostradamus for the coming year outlined an even more devastating 12 months.
Among the dire events Nostradamus predicted for 2022 are a huge earthquake in Japan, the escalation of artificial intelligence, inflation and starvation, and droughts and floods of biblical proportions.
Texas deep freeze
The beginning of 2021 saw a historic cold snap that caused 210 deaths and billion of dollars in damage to the central United States.
Millions of Americans were thrust into third-world conditions amid widespread power outages and contaminated tap water in February.
The White House declared a major disaster as people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, hypothermia, car crashes, house fires, and drownings, among other tragedies.
Among the fatalities was a man who reportedly froze to death in his recliner chair with his "nearly dead" wife by his side; and three children who perished in a fire as they huddled in a fireplace for warmth.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz came under fire and later apologized for dashing to a luxury resort in Mexico during the devastation.
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A drought affecting the western United States reached record levels this summer.
A whopping 95percent of the West experienced moderate to severe drought, according to The Washington Post.
The news outlet reported the drought represented the worst for the region in centuries, with it covering more area than any known drought since 2000.
Kathleen Johnson, a scientist at the University of California told the Guardian: "This doesn’t bode well in terms of what we can expect with wildfire and the worsening drought.
“This current drought is potentially on track to become the worst that we’ve seen in at least 1,200 years."
Heat dome engulfs the West
A long period of heat, known as a heat dome, covered California, Nevada, and Arizona while fanning fears of devastating wildfires.
Heat warnings were issued for 50million Americans in June as temperatures reached 116F in Las Vegas, 117F in Phoenix, and 107F in Salt Lake City.
The National Weather Service said at the time: "We have now tied the highest temperature EVER recorded at Salt Lake City in any month of the year, in the last 147 years of records."
Forecasters warned of temperatures up to 120F that would make any outdoor activities dangerous.
Parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana were experiencing record-high temperatures that many worried would leave areas more vulnerable to wildfires.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency as he warned the state's electricity grid was under extreme pressure.
Dixie Fire grows larger than New York City
Thousands were forced to evacuate in August as a devastating wildfire larger than New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles combined ripped through parts of California.
The 963,309-acre Dixie Fire in Northern California ripped through more than 1,200 buildings and became the state's largest single wildfire in history, the Washington Post reported.
Shocking pictures showed intense flames leveling the town of Greenville as at least 5,400 firefighters tackled the raging inferno.
Homes were devastated as the blaze ripped through historic buildings and properties.
The drought and poor forest management were said to have fed the fire's explosive growth.
Hurricane Ida's deadly path
Hurricane Ida barreled toward Louisiana in late August as a category four storm, packing 150mph sustained winds.
Considered the strongest hurricane to hit the state in terms of wind speed, the hurricane's gusts and rain led to dozens of deaths across the central Gulf Coast.
Photos from Mississippi showed a highway collapse that killed two people and hurt 10 others.
Dozens more people died when the remnants of Ida spun north, dumping torrential rain and spawning tornadoes in the Northeast.
Rainfall caused chaos across the tri-state area, knocking out power, flooding streets, and prompting the first-ever Flash Flood Emergency in New York City.
The storm cost $65billion and 115 lives, according to Market Watch.
Tornadoes wreak havoc in Kentucky
A "never-before-seen" weather warning was issued after deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.
They ripped through the western part of the state and killed 77 people, including an infant and two other children, Governor Andy Beshear said in December.
Up to 110 people were working in a candle factory when it collapsed, and six Amazon workers died when the twisters destroyed a warehouse.
"These tornadoes devoured everything in their path. Tornadoes are such devastating storms," President Joe Biden said in the aftermath.
The relentless storms also claimed victims in Missouri and Arkansas, including nine-year-old Annistyn Rackley, and Covid survivor Golden Hembry, 94.
“Rebuilding these homes and structures and lives is going to take years,"Governor Beshear said.
"And we’ve got to make sure that when support is needed down the road, we have it and can deploy it quickly to help these families.”
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