Possible dzud in Mongolia

25 Nov 2020 – Dzud is possible in Bayankhongor, Uvurkhangai, Dundgovi and Gobi-Altai.

The Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Research has released a variety of ground observation and satellite data related to droughts, snowstorms and dzuds. As of November 20, more than 50 percent of the area was covered with snow.

Of these, Altai, Khangai, Khentei, Khuvsgul highlands, Kharkhiraa Turgen mountains, Khan Khukhii mountain range more than 20 cm. (..)

According to the dzud risk map, about 40 percent of the country is at high risk and about 30 percent is moderately at risk.

The risk of dzud is very high in Bayankhongor aimag, eastern Gobi-Altai, Uvurkhangai and Dundgovi as a whole, and some areas of Umnugovi, Dornogovi, Tuv and Sukhbaatar aimags.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this info(I have asked him for a link.)


What is a dzud?

According to Wikipedia, a dzud is a Mongolian term for a severe winter in which large number of livestock die, primarily due to starvation due to being unable to graze, in other cases directly from the cold. There are various kinds of dzud, including white dzud, which is an extremely snowy winter in which livestock are unable to find nourishing foodstuff through the snow cover and starve.

One-third of Mongolia’s population depends entirely on pastoral farming for its livelihood, and harsh dzuds can cause economic crises and food security issues in the country. This natural disaster is unique to Mongolia.

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  3. Sometimes you almost wish the ‘global warming’ gobblety-gook were actually true. Better to have a warm period than this cooling. But this site is all about the truth, not what would be convenient. Hope it all goes well for the people there. I was raised on a farm so I only know too well how important weather is.

  4. One hopes that neighbouring Russia could help with its brimming grain harvests. Thereby gaining goodwill with the Mongolians.

  5. plenty or warning ahead this yr so the losses should be fewer.
    after decades you would think theyd manage to get haystacks in place for feed n shelter, its not rocket sience and they DO have machinery

  6. Denver International Airport tallied 5 inches of snow. This is a record daily snowfall for Nov. 24, breaking the old record of 4 inches set in 1946. Even more notably, it was the first daily November snow record to fall in the city since 1994. Snow totals across the rest of the metro area generally range from 3 to 6 inches, with heavier amounts up to 10 inches in the western suburbs.

    This was a rare November snowstorm in the Denver area beyond the record-breaking amount. Another rarity lies within the heavy and wet nature of the snow.

  7. On November 10, more than 10 percent of the country was covered with snow, and as of November 20, more than 50 percent of the country was covered with snow. As of November 20, 2020, the dzud risk map shows that 40 percent of the country is at high risk (maximum 6.0%, maximum 30.4%) and almost 30 percent (28.2%) is moderately at risk.
    Out of this, the risk of dzud is very high in Bayankhongor aimag, eastern Gobi-Altai, Uvurkhangai and Dundgovi as a whole, and some areas of Umnugovi, Dornogovi, Tuv and Sukhbaatar aimags. In other words, winter and spring conditions are difficult in these areas.



  8. Meanwhile it’s been snowing on Portuguese island of Madeira.
    Going up the mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aCMiG8-wE
    or hiking https://youtu.be/i9Ie8vC1Ro8

    The forecasts were confirmed. It is now snowing on Pico Ruivo, where the extreme low until 2 pm was -0.9 C.
    It is also snowing in Pico do Areeiro, as illustrated by the image of the Netmadeira webcam.
    The temperature has remained negative in this highest weather station in the IPMA network in RAM since late morning.

    Very stormy seas …

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