A. Why Is the War Winter 1939/40 Interesting? see
B. Why Are Six Months of a Single Winter So Important? see
C. The Great Rain in Autumn 1939 see

A Large-Scale Experiment with Climate – The Extreme Winter of 1939/40

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D. Cold Epeiric Seas – Cold Winters see
E. Concerning the Freezing of the North Sea and Baltic see
F. Closing Commentssee

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2012-12-14

Stalingrad Winter Weather 1942/43 – Extreme?

Did the absence of naval war activities in Baltic Sea prevented more sever condition in Northern Europe in winter 1942/43?

Posted: December 2012

The winter weather during the Battle of Stalingrad shall have been particularly cold. It seems to be exaggerated. Compared with the previous winter 1941/42 (see graph 1 & 2), which this website claims to have been mainly caused by naval war in the Baltic Sea (on this website: Chapter C), the general average has been significant higher. There may have been cold spells during the Battle of Stalingrad, but the general situation during December 1942 and January 1943 had been not very far from average. The December 1942 around Stalingrad indicate no deviation from mean (graph 3). The situation had been different further North in January 1943 (graph 4 & 5). In the Stalingrad region the January temperature were about minus 2 to minus 4 degree Celsius below average (graph 4). What is worth noting the huge air temperature difference in the Baltic Sea area between the two winters (Dec/Jan/Feb) 1941/42 and 1942/43 (graph 1 & 2). Before the winter 1941/42 the Baltic Sea was the fierce naval battle ground between the German Navy and the Baltic Fleet for more than six months. During 1942 the Baltic Sea saw none, which prevented a too early release of the summer heat. The mean winter temperature remained above normal. The weather can presumably only partly be blamed as one of the main reason for the defeat of the German Army at Stalingrad.

More about the winter 1941/42 in English at:
E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6     www.seaclimate.com

Graph 1: Dec./Jan./Feb./ 1942Graph 2: Dec./Jan./Feb./ 1943
 
Graph 3: December 1942Graph 4: January 1943
Source graph 1-4: Goddard Space Flight Center - http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps/
 
Graph 5: Dec & Jan. 1942/42

See also the discussion at:  http://www.climate4you.com/
Section: Climate + History/ Topic: 1942-1943: Stalingrad, a turning point of the 2nd World War

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