Bergen sets new record for rain and snow

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Norway’s West Coast city of Bergen is known for its rainy weather, but there’s been even more of it than usual this year. The city could mount a dubious celebration on Sunday when officials announced new record amounts of precipitation throughout the year.

Never before has it rained as much in Bergen as in 2015, reported news bureau NTB. More than 3,000 millimeters had fallen already by noon on Sunday: 3,069.2 millimeters, to be exact.

The numbers were recorded at the old Frederiksberg measuring station at Nordnes in Bergen. The former record from 2005 fell already on Christmas Eve, according to the statisticians keeping track of such things.

Before that the wettest year had been in 1967, and this year includes not only lots of rain but snow as well. So much snow fell on Sunday that it forced closure of Bergen’s main airport at Flesland, but state broadcaster NRK could report that families with small children were enjoying the much-longed-for snow that finally allowed some sledding after an otherwise wet and dark holiday season.

newsinenglish.no staff