Strong thunderstorms forming in the warm and humid air ahead of this front will be capable of hail, strong wind gusts, and even a tornado or two this afternoon. This evening, the scattered storms will eventually form into a line which will move through eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
Cattle producers who lost calves in the April 2022 snow storms -- especially in western North Dakota where drought or dry conditions persist -- say the government's Livestock Indemnity Program needs update its funding formula and rules if partial compensation will be relevant.
A series of April blizzards created a “long tail” of cattle illnesses, including pneumonia and scours. Losses range from zero to hundreds of calves, on top of record-setting drought and low feed and forage supplies. The numbers hide some of the effects — the loss in value when either a calf or a cow is lost, leaving orphans.