from Chapter 2_11, page 10, and 16f:
Based on a list taken from
ten observation stations from 1906 to 1941 the amount of cold in winter of
1939/40 was by far the severest at any of the places observed. The figures
available, with the mean data in respect of
the 10 coldest years since 1906 in brackets, are as follows:
Kobenhavn –378.5 (204.0);
Fanø – 349.9 (208.2); Hammershus - 305.6 (176.4); Bogø – 438.0 (235.0). The
lowest winter temperatures noted had been for December(-22.2°C);
January(-24.3°C); February (-27.4°C); March (-22,0 °C). “It is Denmark’s
worst winter since 1860”. (NYT, 15 February 1940).
- 28 December 1939; Snow storms sweep Denmark
(Frankfurter Zeitung, 29 December 1939).
- 3 January 1940; Heavy snowstorms reported
again from Denmark and traffic at Jutland is affected. (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 03 Jan. 1940).
- 17 January 1940; In Copenhagen: 14.8 degrees
below zero Fahrenheit (-26°C) was registered early today; there was no
sign that the cold wave would abate soon. Heavy snowstorms accompanied
the cold, and traffic in many parts of Denmark was impeded or brought to
a standstill. (NYT, 18 January 1940).
- 22 January 1940; Severe snowstorms swept
Europe from the Adriatic Sea to Scandinavia. (NYT, 23 January 1940).
- 11 February 1940; Copenhagen. Temperature is
still dropping today and is between 7 degrees above and 5 degrees below
zero Fahrenheit in Denmark. Due to energy shortage the government
ordered drastic restrictions forbidding the use of hot water, geysers
and kitchen pipes until 1 April, getting the whole of Denmark splashing
in bathtubs to get its last hot water bath for some time to come. (NYT,
12 February 1940). ). Similar shortages had been reported in Germany
three weeks earlier: Nazis Tighten Water Ban. Berlin Heating Plants to
Issue it Only Twice Weekly. (NYT, 20 January 1940).
- 13 February 1940; Copenhagen. The temperature
has dropped to 13 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-25°C). (NYT, 14