Hurricane-force winds hit Western Norway

UPDATED: State meteorologists warned on Wednesday that a storm bearing down on the west coast could generate winds of hurricane force, and they were right. As heavy seas and high waves crashed into coastal areas Wednesday night, winds at high elevations in Jotunheimen were clocked at 40 meters per second, well above the lower level […]

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 […]

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 […]

Storms keep mountain roads closed

Only two highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were open on Friday because of ongoing blizzards, strong winds and such poor visibility that road crews can’t keep them cleared. Motorists remained stuck and those planning weekend trips were urged to drop them. Only the E16 highway over Filefjell and the RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet were […]

Snowstorm shuts mountain roads

UPDATED: State highway officials were reporting Wednesday morning that all highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were either closed or restricted to convoy driving, because of hazardous weather conditions. Snow and strong winds were still creating traffic chaos Wednesday evening, and stranding many motorists. Both the highway officials and police were urging motorists to give […]

SAS cancels all flights to New York

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled all its flights to New York on Tuesday because of warnings that a powerful snowstorm would be ramming the city with full force. New Yorkers were bracing for up to 60 centimeters of snow and strong winds. Residents along most of the the US’ northeast coast were preparing for an onslaught that also […]

Severe storm hits Finnmark, again

The residents of Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark are having a rough winter. Bad weather also bore down on other northern counties on Wednesday, leading to closed roads and structural damage because of snow and strong winds. Many key roads and highways were closed in Finnmark Wednesday morning including the main E6 highway over Finnmarksvidda between Alta and […]

West Coast rides out storm and flooding

State metorologists declared around midday on Thursday that the latest extreme weather system to hit Norway’s West Coast, known as Vidar, had topped out. Sea levels were lower than predicted, and flooding limited, but water was still causing problems in many areas. Bergen’s historic wharf Bryggen was spared the worst-case scenarios, but sea levels rose […]

West Coast braced for storm and floods

Yet another storm accompanied by extremely high seas and tides were already setting in along Norway’s West Coast on Wednesday. “The water levels will be even higher than we thought,” said state meteorologist Anne-Mette Olsen as the extreme weather system known as Vidar threatened property damage. “I think a lot of people will have problems with […]