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Forecasts Criteria Background
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Based on our research and feedback from the ranching community, the following were identified as hazardous weather elements that increased risk of problems or death to exposed newborns:

  • Wind chill
  • Rain or Wet Snow
  • High Humidity (because it makes it more difficult to dry off the animal)
  • Combinations of these elements (such as windchill and rain) are particularly dangerous
  • Sunshine vs. Cloudy Days

The criteria used to generate the forecasts from the tab above is seen below:

  • NONE: Wind Chill above 41 degrees
  • SLIGHT: Wind Chill less than 41 degrees for 2 or more hours
  • MILD: Wind Chill less than 32 degrees for 2 or more hours
  • MODERATE: Wind Chill less than 0 degrees for 2 or more hours or Wind Chill less than 32 degrees and .02" precipitation
  • SEVERE: Wind Chill of -9 degrees or colder for two or more hours, or wind chill of less than 32 degrees and .05" of precipitation
  • EXTREME: Wind Chill of -18 or colder for two or more hours, or wind chill less than 32 degrees and .1" of precipitation
  • For sunny conditions (Cloud cover less than 40%), reduce SLIGHT-EXTREME by one category
  • For humid conditions (Minimum relative humidity's remaining above 95%), increase MOD-SEVERE by one category
  • For dry snow conditions (Maximum temperature remains less than 26F), double the precipitation thresholds for MOD-EXTREME
CANL Criteria
 

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