Thousands of Cattle Dead in South Dakota Blizzard

Posted: October 10, 2013 by tallbloke in Forecasting, weather

H/T to Gray Steven’s for this inconvenient story which doesn’t fit the news-topical warming narrative.

Why isn’t this on the news?
The worst blizzard in recorded history of South Dakota just swept
through the state. Tens of thousands of cattle are predicted dead and
the much of the state is still without power.

A young steer struggles in deep snow in Dakota.

A young steer struggles in deep snow in Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal reports,

”Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota onMonday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costlyin the history of the state’s agriculture industry.”

Christen said cattle hadn’t yet grown their winter coats to insulate
them from freezing wind and snow. In addition, Christen said, during
the cold months, ranchers tend to move their cattle to pastures that
have more trees and gullies to protect them from storms. Because
Friday’s storm arrived so early in the year, most ranchers were still
grazing their herds on summer pasture, which tend to be more exposed
and located farther away from ranch homes.

And from

I’m from south dakota, and i can tell you this weekend’s blizzard was
f*cking crazy. i’ve never seen anything like it. these cattle never
had a chance.

I’m good friends with the woman interviewed in the article, and she’s
an emotional wreck because of this. she’s like one of the
hardest-working, selfless people i’ve ever met, and all she can do is
cry when ranchers ask her what they will do now.

The article only touches on how huge this story is. seriously, we’re
talking thousands of head of cattle rotting in piles throughout the
prairie. and we’ve got warm weather coming up (we already were in the
70s the other day), so the putrefaction will only happen faster. you
have not seen a mess until you’ve seen a bloated cow explode due to
decomposition; now multiply that by a few thousand.

but if you’re in an urban area, the impact to you is that you can
expect much higher beef prices next year.

  1. Tenuk says:

    Not a major story, but was mentioned on the BBC website on 6 Oct 2013…

    Snow storms hit central US states

    I wonder if we’ll get the same sort of weather in a couple of weeks time?

  2. tallbloke says:

    Temperature has certainly dropped in the last few days.

  3. colliemum says:

    That is puzzling, because this should’ve ‘delighted’ our friends who are sooo keen to point out that ‘Climate Disasters’ are the new AGW – and this is one. Perhaps they still think snow doesn’t go well with global warming, and they probably don’t even know where South Dakota is.
    Such devastation for ranchers is heartbreaking.

  4. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    It’s cold on the mountain, cold in the valley, cold in the river and cold in the sea.
    Wise men are talking of global warming. But only the fuel bills are waiting for me

  5. Doug Proctor says:

    I’m in Calgary, Alberta. This news event isn’t an event here: it should be. The weather in South Dakota comes through (if cold) North Dakota from Saskatchewan or Manitoba. It must be on high ground, if real.

    We in the southern Prairies have had a warm fall. This is a puzzling article. The weather is definitely not continental in origin.

  6. ren says:

    October 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM
    Is the stratosphere could cool the troposphere? Absolutely, in a simple way. During the winter polar vortex lock in the stratosphere there is a continuous exchange of air in the troposphere between the high and medium latitudes. Jet stream pulls col systems in north-south direction. An example of the current system in the U.S..

    ren say
    October 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

  7. hunter says:

    “Of course October blizzards are consistent with AGW theory” /sarc off

  8. ren says:

    Lock is still ongoing and will run down the cold air from above the Bering Strait on the western U.S.

  9. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:
    Very sad.

  10. ren says:

    Traces are still visible blizzard.

  11. Commenter “hunter” was being sarcastic here. Andrew Freedman was being completely serious: “As an extreme precip event, hvy snow is consistent with climate change.”

  12. J Martin says:

    I thought cattle were expensive, so a few large barns / shelters dotted about here and there would surely be a good idea if this sort of thing looks like becoming more frequent as it surely will.

  13. Brian H says:

    Vegans rejoice!

  14. E Hughes says:

    I’m ‘ere in Seattle and that storm ripped through here leaving record rainfall:

    The storm was a remnant of Typhoon Pabuk which formed NW of Guam in the backdraft of Typhoon Usagi, a super cat 5 :

    Both storms erupted following increased solar activity and Earth directed CMEs as Mercury transits between Venus and the Sun:

    Stand by for more action as Mercury will transit between us and the Sun in the coming weeks 😉
    There was a M2.8 flare 10/8 and two sunspots are looking more active , seen on:


  15. tallbloke says:

    Mercury transits Earth and Venus a total of around 7 times a year. Every 7.5 weeks on average. Have you been keeping an eye on activity levels at transit times? Got any data to share?

  16. E Hughes says:

    Only 4 X flares this year, last go round of Mercury in May:
    Last year,the last X flare of the year was in October. Mercury was between Mars and the Sun,Venus opposite.That one produced hurricane Sandy 😉

    I copped this handy chart from your archives on a post ‘Too many weird coincidences’

    Wow, so much info on one chart !! I freaking love this stuff !!!
    I also downloaded ‘simsolar’ and started looking at past planetary rotation locations cross checking with past solar events and cycles, quite amazing.

    More weather news :
    10/10 (too much ICE!)

  17. tallbloke says:

    Thanks for your analysis. I think the full moon raising the tide high was a big factor in ‘Hurricane’ (or tropical storm?) Sandy.
    Also, the Welsh sheep farmers were hard hit by snow this spring too. Another to add to your list.

    You should take a look at Ching Cheh Hung’s successful predictions on solar flares triggered by planetary alignments.

  18. E Hughes says:

    I was just looking at some images I saved from this summer of the CME animation from July 12, and of typhoon Soulik from the same timeframe. Mercury was in conjunction with Earth. I mentioned it here at the time ,with images. I’ve been monitoring weather sats,solar activity and also planetary rotation daily to better understand how it all works. With the predicted diminished solar cycle(s) approaching, there may be only a limited number of events left to monitor,I don’t wanna miss a thing 😉

  19. There was a Synod/heliocentric conjunction of the Earth and Uranus on the 3rd of October @1:59 pm GMT, and a solar CME around the same time, surge in solar wind hit as the moon was crossing the equator headed South, on the 3rd. As a result there was an intense cascade of electrons from the polar regions riding on the frontal boundary assisting the rapid snow accumulation, and sudden dropping temps.

    Just another outer planetary weather effect to add to the problems to iron out of the new weather/climate model. With the extra magnetic coupling because of the Synod conjunction the production of the CME freed up more ions to satisfy the needed amount to result in the increased density of solar wind to carry the increased magnetic flux. Interacting with the geomagnetic fields created the geomagnetic storm that supplied the cascading electrons, which surged to the front of the MPHs making their way toward the equator at the time.

  20. Larry Ledwick (hotrod) says:

    This has happened before just out side the memory of most modern folks in the U.S.

    There were several blizzard events that nearly wiped out the early cattle industry in the northern plains in the 1800’s

  21. Larry Ledwick (hotrod) says:

    Here is a summary of some major snow events in Colorado over the years. We pretend the weather has always been benign and only recently has become “strange” but even a passing acquaintance with weather history on the plains shows this sort of serious storm is nothing new or unusual only infrequent.

  22. ren says:

    Graphics temperature at the height of 20 km accurately shows the extent of the jet stream (aquamarine edge of the area) in the Northern Hemisphere. Visible even than the Alps. This image has warned against further snowstorms in the north central states.
    As long as it takes blockade of the Strait of Bering things have not changed

  23. Brian H says:

    Great deals on frozen beef for the next month or two. Or not.

  24. tallbloke says:

    Excellent, thanks Larry

  25. Joe Cool says:

    This terrible event is a result of a greatly transformed jet stream. The jet stream is a sort of river of air high above Earth that generally dictates the weather. It usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction.

    But lately it seems to be wobbling and weaving like a drunken driver, wreaking havoc as it goes.

    The more the jet stream undulates north and south, the more changeable and extreme the weather.

    A recent example occurred in mid-June, when some towns in Alaska hit record highs. McGrath, Alaska, recorded an all-time high of 94 degrees on June 17. A few weeks earlier, the same spot was 15 degrees, the coldest recorded for so late in the year.

    In a similar fashion, this tragic cattle die off was a result of a rapidly changing climate due to the ‘wobbling and weaving’ jet stream. In many cases, the cattle die off was a matter of ranchers just not having enough time/space to get their herds indoors. Temperatures dropped 12 degrees in a matter of 10 minutes and 20 degrees in about an hour.