March Winter

March 2013 was the coldest in 26 years, unusually dry and one of the sunniest in Danish history. With an average temperature of -0.8 degrees, it was the coldest March for 26 years and we have to go back to March 1987 with -1.4 degrees to find a colder one. Back then it was also a hard winter in Denmark - also in March.

The bonus for the cold polar air, which has been over the country almost the entire month, has been significantly less rain and more sunshine than we would normally expect. Less rain and fewer clouds have given extra space to the sun, which in March have shined on a scale we have not seen since 1943. The entire 190 hours or a little more than six hours per day of sunshine is more than 70% more than we normally get in March (110 hours). DMI


Ice, Madum Sø, Himmerland, Denmark (Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 35/1,4, iso 200, handheld)

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