Rain eases ban on outdoor grilling

Enough rain has fallen in the past week that the state meteorological institute has dropped its overall warning of high forest fire danger. Most extraordinary local bans on campfires and outdoor grilling, however, remain in place. While some areas along the West Coast have dropped the grilling bans, too, emergency authorities in Oslo and Østfold […]

Bergen failed to set new rain record

It would have been a dubious distinction, but citizens of Bergen just missed claiming what would have been another record for rain last year, by a mere 9.7 millimeters. That left 2017 as Bergen’s next-wettest year on record. Hopes seemed almost high that the rain that also fell on New Year’s Eve would break the […]

Flood prevention funding reduced

The floodwaters that recently inundated many areas of Southern Norway have since receded, only to be replaced with a new flood of criticism against government officials. Last week’s state budget proposal contains a major reduction in funding for flood- and landslide prevention, just weeks after those responsible stressed the importance of such preventative measures. Norwegian […]

Flooding inundated Southern Norway

Homes have been evacuated, roads closed, boats swamped in marinas and cars washed away. Norway’s southern counties of East- and West Agder were among the hardest hit by rain so heavy during the weekend that it set off major flooding, especially around Kristiansand. “We’re worried about people’s lives, infrastructure and material values,” said state meteorologist […]

New rain warnings up in Southern Norway

The state meteorologic institute issued warnings that more heavy rain is due to pour down on Telemark and Aust-Agder counties and most of southeastern Norway Tuesday night. “It can be quite intense,” predicted meteorologist Elbjørg Moxnes. “We’ve sent out warnings of 50 to 70 millimeters of rains in the course of 12 hours, beginning on Tuesday evening,” […]

West Coast under deluge of rain, hail

Residents of Western Norway are accustomed to lots of rain and stormy weather, but even jaded natives have been amazed by the summer deluge that’s been hitting them this week. State meteorologist Elin Lundstad warned that the weather was “unfortunately likely to get worse, poor all of you.” Heavy rain drenched coastal areas from Kristiansand up to […]

Heavy rain sets off flooding

Enormous amounts of rain fell over much of the mountains of southern Norway on Sunday and during the night, setting off landslides and flash-flooding especially in the counties of Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane. The excessive amounts of water closed several highways and sent some homes and barns sliding off their foundations. The most rain […]

Bergen sets new record for rain

Norway’s west coast capital of Bergen is known for its rain, but this summer has been the wettest ever so far. More rainfall on Sunday meant that it had rained 26 days in a row in June, breaking a record set in 1952. Meteorologists could report that more rain has fallen on the scenic if soggy […]

New storm warnings posted over ‘Karl’

Residents of Western Norway were being warned on Monday to batten down the hatches once again over the next few days. The remains of the tropical storm called “Karl” were expected to bring strong winds and lots of rain, according to state meteorologists. “We’re expecting  winds to rise on Tuesday, and that we’ll get between […]

Rain and floods now ‘the new normal’

After a wet and wild summer, Norway is heading into a season where autumn storms are typically even more common. The West Coast continues to be battered and climate researchers predict that torrential rain and floods will be “the new normal” in Norway, unless carbon emissions are dramatically cut, and quickly. Professor Eystein Jansen of the University of Bergen […]