cold in Poland
Minus 41°C on 11th Jan.1940 in Siedlce!
And man has nothing to do with it?
Posted: 07 January 2013
Update (07. Jan. 22h)
by Arnd Bernaerts
2nd Update 10th
11th Januar 1940 temperture dropped to −41.0 °C
(−41.8 °F) in Siedlce/Polen
(52° 10' N, 22°16,2' O) about
100 km east of Warsow. It is the alltime low for
Since the 1st of January a cold corridor with less than -10°C
streched from West-Germany eastwards. On January 11, 1940 the
tempertur minimum had been -18.3° and in
-22°C. (Source: WZ:
course, the cold record in
is a whim of heaven, and man has nothing to do with it! Or?
of the winter 1939/40
___ „A Large-Scale Experiment with Climate – The Extreme Winter
of 1939/40 and Climate Research –“, PDF, 14 pages; HERE
1940, Temperature Map 4, Seite 31
Click for enhancement
- Winter 1939/40 at: http://www.lars-hattwig.de/Wetter5.html
Update (07. Jan. 22h)
Graphics with enhancement
ice conditions on January 11, 1940 and today (07/Jan/2013) may shed
some light on the exceptional situation 73 years ago. While sea ice
started extreme early in the German Bight (on 16/17 December 1939 -
-Chapter 7, sec.h), and
followed few days later (Fig. 4), the Baltic Proper remained quite
open well to the end of January (Fig.5).
4, Sea ice around
15 January 1940
ice cover on
26. January 1940
The situation today (07 January 2013) is shown in Fig. 6 and 7
(for December 2012 see: HERE).
Fig. 8 gives a temperature forecast for two weeks until 23rd
January. It is interesting to note, that the land areas around the
Baltic have to expect much lower temperature than the sea area.
Fig. 6, Ice cover on 07. Jan.12
Fig. 7; Average ice on 11.Jan.
Fig. 8, T°C forecast 7-23.Jan.13
Update 10th January 2013
comparison between the situation by mid Jan.1939 and mid Jan. 2013,
the next block shows a number of temperatures 73 years ago, followed
by information concerning today (10. Jan.2013), raised the question
for the reason of this big difference, which presumably is
correlated with to low sea temperatures in the North- and
. As already mentioned in the 1st Update, there had been
serious sea ice in the German Bight since the 17/21 December 1939.
the night of the 23rd, a minimum of -23.3C was
recorded at Rhaydaer(Powys) a record low for that date. Other
lows include -20C at
measured as lowest −42.2 °C (−44.0 °F).
as records are only one side of the picture, a brief list of
selected events reported by the New York Times,
NYT, if not otherwise indicated, is herewith produced.
__ January 01: All navigation on
stopped owing to ice (Frankcom,
__ January 08: Record frost in Northern and
__ January 11:
__ January 11: Sea freezing in the Black Sea near
__ January 11:
__ January 11: Riga –41°C/; Budapest –26°C;Vienna –25°C,
Sofia –22°C (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, NZZ, Jan. 11.)
__ January 13: Soviet Union extreme cold, Don Region –38°C
(NZZ, 14. Jan).
__ January 13:
, the bitterest cold wave for years (-40°F).
__ January 15:
__ January 17: Cold paralyses
said that the temperature was at freezing point on Monday
morning (January 15) and yesterday morning at 22 degrees below
zero Fahrenheit. Then it tumbled to 47.2 degrees below zero
– a drop of 79.2 degrees in about thirty-six hours.
(NYT, Jan 18).
1940: The cold that made the winter special showed up in
January 1940. Many things happened of which only few can be
mentioned. There was for example the all time record for
with −41.0 °C /−41.8 °F at Siedlce, Województwo
Mazowieckie, on January 11th 1940. Two weeks later
cought up with the cold.
of the following four maps: 10. January 2013 (Click to scale up)
also the ice- and temperature charts fin the 1st