DISCUSSION: Looking back between March 2nd and 5th of 1966, there was quite a historic winter weather event across the North-Central United States. The historic blizzard of 1966, which started on March 2nd, came to an end across the Dakotas at the back-end of this 4-day period. North Dakota experienced severe livestock losses with an estimated 18,500 cattle, 7,500 sheep, and 600 hogs killed. On a farm in eastern North Dakota, 7,000 turkeys perished. Hence, the total loss of livestock was estimated at near $4 million dollars based on currency rates in the modern day. In South Dakota, an estimated 50,000 cattle, 46,000 sheep, and 1,800 hogs were killed. Most of the deaths occurred in the central and north-central part of the state. Thus, this was a winter weather event which had profound impacts on the region at the time due to its longer duration.
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