Stormy Weather

Blizzards and Avalanches

What happens to domesticated animals during blizzards?

Farm and range animals certainly suffer as much as people during blizzards. For example, in the Blizzard of 1886 that hit the central plains states of America, about 80 percent of livestock perished in the worst-affected areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas. In 1966, 100,000 head of livestock died in Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota when a blizzard dumped 30 feet (9 meters) of snow, drifts of up to 30 feet (over 9 meters) accumulated, and winds gusted up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour.


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