Warm, dry weather sparks fire danger

All it took was a week of sunny skies and warm temperatures over most of southern Norway to bring out the flip side of the gorgeous weather – high fire danger. The lack of rain and rapid snow melt that’s already been absorbed into the ground sparked brush fires over the weekend and warnings of […]

Gorgeous weather warmed folks up

Østnestangen, Hurum

After one of the gloomiest winters on record, spring seemed to have sprung over the weekend. Brilliantly sunny skies and no wind left the Oslo Fjord smooth as glass, but state meteorologists warned that colder days loomed ahead. The weather was simply gorgeous over most of southern Norway on both Saturday and Sunday. From Trondheim to […]

Warming weather raises avalanche risk

An avalanche expert has warned that warming temperatures forecast for eastern Norway from Thursday will significantly raise the risk of avalanches in mountain areas. The risk of triggering an avalanche is already very high in steep areas. Hemsedal-based avalanche expert Per Ola Seim told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) when the weather alternates between cold systems with […]

Storm brews over weather service

Yr.no provides weather forecasting for 900,000 places in Norway and more than nine million worldwide, thanks to a weather data sharing agreement. Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey said she'll investigate if it's appropriate for state broadcaster NRK to run the site, stifling competition. PHOTO: yr.no

Norway’s popular online weather service, yr.no, received an uncertain forecast from the Minister of Culture this week. Thorhild Widvey said she’ll investigate whether it’s appropriate for Norway’s public broadcaster NRK to operate the site, amid claims it creates an unfair monopoly over weather services. Yr.no is owned by the Meteorological Institute (Meteorologisk institutt, MET) which […]

Wild weather hit holiday rush

An empty E39 highway at Knivsvegen on Sunday morning: Bad weather closed many roads over the mountains during the pre-holiday weekend.  PHOTO: Statens Vegvesen webcam

More blizzards in the mountains of southern Norway and rough weather at sea and along the coast were disrupting traffic once again over the weekend, just as millions were trying to travel home or away for the holidays. Several highways were closed, ferries were cancelled and state railway NSB was halted outside Oslo after a […]

Norway not ready for extreme weather

Climate researchers have slammed Norway’s lack of planning for destructive storms, after extreme weather system ‘Hilde’ ravaged parts of the country earlier this month. As more new storms continued to hammer Norway this week, the issue is taking on some urgency. “We have unclear responsibilities between the state and the municipalities,” researcher Asbjørn Aaheim of […]

Summer weather sets new records

After a record wet June, most of Norway headed into one of the warmest and dryest months of July on record, especially in southern and southeastern Norway (Sørlandet and Østlandet). It’s been mighty warm up north, too, and the early August forecast called for more summery weather. The temperature in the far northern city of […]

Hot, dry weather sparks campfire ban

All it took was two weeks with no rain for the forests around Oslo to get so dry that local fire authorities decided to ban any sort of campfire in the Norwegian capital’s surrounding areas known as marka. Forest fire danger is also high all over southern Norway. On Wednesday it became illegal to build […]

Weather site takes on the world

The Norwegian website "yr.no" has become popular around the world. PHOTO: yr.no screen grab

A joint venture between Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and Norway’s Meteorological Institute led to their creation of a website about weather that’s spreading across the globe. It’s become a favourite site to check local or international forecasts, even though officials behind yr.no claim they’ve never had any ambitions for such huge international growth. Last year, more than […]

Warmer winter weather turned fatal

After an extended period of bitterly cold temperatures, thermometers rose especially in southern Norway over the weekend. Fresh snow that turned to rain in some areas, however, led to slippery roads and extremely hazardous driving conditions from north to south. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported multiple accidents and traffic that could only be described as chaotic. […]