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Generated the occupation of Norway

a cold center over the Skagerrak region in winter 1940/41?

Germany attacked Norway with 100 naval vessels, dozen of transport vessels, 100 airplanes, and landed 130’000 soldiers until completion of the occupation on 10th June 1940.  And few months later the Skagerrak region was the top cold center of an exceptional cold winter in Central & North Europe.

Two Norwegian scientists, Th. Hesselberg and B.J. Birkeland published a study of variations in the climate of Norway  from 1940-50 in 1956,. Even though investigating climatic variation over a period of 10-years, they devoted a section to “The Three Cold winters 1940 – 42 indicating that the minimum temperatures in January 1941 were the coldest ones ever observed at a number of stations. With regard to Norway this means that the cold area was actually in Southern Norway only, and the record breaking cold center had been close to the Oslo region.Also southern and middle parts of Sweden had been in January 1941 colder than during January 1940, and in some locations colder than even 1860, when most of the meteorological stations in the country had been commissioned. The greatest heat deficit was observed in the inner parts of Götaland and northern Dalarna. Even in South Sweden severe night frost of -20°C and more was observed which, comparatively, is a very rare occurrence.  


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