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Sea Ice in Denmark 1940 indicate to

Naval war activities in North- and Baltic Sea during previous months.

 First ice was reported around mid December, which increased soon in the inner and closed waters and later on outside this area. The number of ice days had generally been large, a maximum of 115 days. While 34 stations reported more than 100 days, 99 stations reported 75-100 days. Last ice was reported in the Sounds, on the 19th of April 1940. Due to an early start of the winter, there were the severest ice conditions on sea for many decades. The lowest temperatures recorded were in December 22.2C, in January 24.3C, in February 27.4C, and in March 22.0C. Ships were to be convoyed and accompanied by icebreakers through the Kattegat East-channel if the supplies were to reach Copenhagen. These proceedings were not accomplished without damages to ships convoyed, as well as to accompanying icebreakers. The coldest month in Copenhagen, viz. February, usually has a mean temperature of 0C. It was the coldest ever measured winter with minus 3.5C below average.

Source for the layout of graphic: Det Dansk Meteorologiske Institute (1940)

Chapter: 2_16

Book Page: 85a

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