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 […]

New storms pound the west and north

Western and Northern Norway were being battered once again on Friday by storms that closed roads, cancelled ferries and resulted in several accidents. Mountain roads in Southern Norway were also subject to closure or posted as having hazardous driving conditions. Stong winds blew over a bus carrying 40 teenagers that had slid off the E6 highway just north of […]

West Coast saturated by another deluge

UPDATED: Norway’s West Coast, especially the area from Stad south to Bergen and Stavanger, headed into another wet and wild holiday weekend, just as weather conditions were settling down much farther north, on Svalbard. Warnings were posted once again, for heavy rain in four counties, and they were mostly all saturated by Friday night. As evacuation […]

Meteorologists ready to name next big storm

As Southern Norway mops up after this week’s big storm known as Urd, state meteorologists already have a name ready for the next one. It more than likely will be a man’s name beginning with the letter “V.” “The meteorologic institute follows the practice of the naming committee of the world meteorologic organization, with every […]

Evacuations begin on stormy Svalbard

The top local administrator on Norway’s Arctic island group of Svalbard began ordering evacuations on Wednesday, as a major storm moved in that threatened to set off avalanches.  The order came after advice from the state agency charged with monitoring avalanche danger, NVE. Svalbard’s top official Kjerstin Askholt, known as sysselmannen, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that […]

Skies finally clear after the deluge

Extreme weather that hammered central and southern Norway during the holiday weekend was finally letting up Tuesday morning, but the calamities it caused were far from over. Flooding, blocked roads, stranded trains and dangerous shorelines were still creating major challenges for hard-pressed emergency response crews. Among the most pressing was the evacuation of a train on […]

New storm bearing down on Svalbard

No rest for the weary: Just hours after the extreme weather system known as Urd abated on Tuesday, state meteorologists were issuing new warnings of a full storm heading straight for Svalbard. Local officials were evaluating whether to evacuate residents and tourists on the hard-hit group of islands in the Arctic. Norway’s meteorological institute sent out warnings of […]

Brighter days to follow ‘jul’ storms

After a string of dark and foggy days, the sun finally made an appearance in Oslo again on the day after the winter solstice. Thousands of travelers heading for jul (Christmas) celebrations, however, were warned of storms in the mountains and along the west coast. State meteorologists were urging motorists planning to drive over mountains between […]

Finnmark clobbered by winter storm

Nearly 30 roads were closed in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark on Friday and police were urging residents against trying to drive anywhere. Strong winds, poor visibility, landslides and extremely slippery conditions made travel hazardous. Even the police themselves were reluctant to attempt any. “We’re letting the cars stay parked when conditions call for it,” Bjørn […]