An unexpected day-long blizzard has killed more than 1,800 dairy cows among dozens of farms in Washington state.
The snowstorm, carrying heavy winds ranging from 30 to 80 miles per an hour and resulting in 18 to 24 inches of snow, on Saturday devastated dairy farmers in the Yakima Valley, severely impacting their livelihood.
Since the region is typically arid, the dairy farms are built with open lots or open-sided shelters to house house the cows. In other words, since the region typically only gets six to eight inches of rain annually, cows are kept in shelters without walls, leaving them in blindsided without time or resources to prepare for the unanticipated brutal blizzard.
“Cows were huddled in, pressed up against each other in corners of pens and refused to move. Farmers couldn’t get them to move into milking barns. Herd instinct,” Gerald Baron, executive director of Save Family Farming, a farm advocacy group, told the Capital Press. “Most cows died from injuries from each other and some from cold exposure. They went down and couldn’t get up.”
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While Metro Vancouver saw a great deal of snow this February, the snowfall wasn’t the most exceptional component of last month’s weather.
In fact, February 2019 was the coldest February on record in Metro Vancouver since the records began in 1937. Not only did the month see some frigid temperatures, but they also persisted throughout the month.
Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Matt MacDonald, Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained just how the chilly the month was.
“We typically see around seven days in the double digits during the month of February,” he described. “We didn’t have a single day above 10 degrees this month.”
MacDonald also noted that the month usually sees about nine nights below zero degrees, but that this month had a whopping 22 nights below zero degrees.
“February’s average was 0.4 degrees, which makes it the coldest month on record at YVR. Previously, 1989 held the record with 0.8 degrees. Prior to that the coldest year was 1949 with 1.1 degrees.”
MacDonald added that the average temperature for February is 4.9 degrees, which is markedly warmer.
“We saw an interesting weather pattern this month. Three or four arctic fronts pushed down into the region, which we don’t typically see. As a result, we’ve had persistently frigid temperatures – it wasn’t just a few cold days.”
MacDonald adds that another arctic front will move into the region this weekend, which will bring more glacial weather with it. He notes that the chilly temperatures should persist until March 10 or March 11. However, he expects that temperatures should warm up following this.
Although February saw the coldest temperatures to date, it also saw some of the greatest amounts of snowfall. In fact, 31.2 cm of snowfall was recorded at YVR, making it the eighth snowiest February on record.
The snowiest February on record was in 1949 with 60.7 cm, followed by 1937 with 50.8 cm. Following this, 1990 had the third most snowfall with 45.4 cm.
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Winter does not want to give up, give way to spring. Snow in St. Petersburg in a few hours turned the city into a snowdrift. Conditions of insufficient visibility and snow-covered roads led to many car accidents. The situation is complicated by gusts of wind. The weather led to interruptions in the operation of Pulkovo Airport. Car owners and pedestrians suffer from “spring snow”. Residents of the city make photos and videos, put them on the Web.
“Three months of winter, the fourth – as a gift. The action is such “, – write comments Petersburgers. On one of the Petersburg avenues, a bus became a participant in an accident, on Kutuzov Embankment, having lost control on a slippery road, the motorist drove into the house. Photos and videos of this nature are shared on the web by city residents. People are asked to help dig up stuck cars, charge batteries. “Accidents multiply like mushrooms,” users write.
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