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.