The largest region of the Seven Kingdoms, the dominion of the North extends from the border of the New Gift, which is controlled by the Night's Watch, to the southern edge of the Neck far to the South. The North is strongly affected during the long winters, with thousands of people killed. Famine is a common occurrence due to poor harvests before winter or the inability to raise crops during the longer winters that last for for years on end. In winter, snows can fall forty feet deep. Rain falls cold and hard, and sometimes turns into hail that can send men running for cover and ruin crops. Even during summer, snowfalls are not unusual but tend to be brief and not particularly damaging to agriculture.