Emergency communications crashed in storm

Norway has invested nearly NOK 6 billion (USD 750 million) in a new communications system for emergency services, but it hasn’t always worked during storms and power failures. Local mayors are furious, but state officials claim the system was built in accordance with cost specifications. Around 50,000 households in southwestern Norway lost power during last […]

More warnings up for bad weather

Western Norway was due for yet another round of bad weather, this time what state meteorologists called “intense rain” from Tuesday evening. Hordaland and Rogaland were warned to brace for the worst. Both counties on Norway’s west coast were just cleaning up after the weekend’s hurricane-force winds when they were told to batten down the […]

Norwegians rode out the mighty storm

Stormy seas along the Norwegian coast were calming down on Saturday after the extreme weather system dubbed “Knud” moved over Southern Norway and lost strength during the night. It left plenty of debris and disruption in its wake, but no serious injuries. State meteorologists were able to withdraw their “red alert” warning issued on Friday […]

Storm warnings raised to red alert

Norway’s state meteorologists raised storm warnings to their highest level, so-called “red alert,” on Friday, as a potentially fatal system of extreme weather bore down on the southern part of the country. Residents were urged to stay indoors, while several schools and children’s day care centers were closing early. Heavy rain was pouring down on […]

Autumn storm ‘hit harder’ than expected

Police along Norway’s West Coast were inundated with calls for help during the night, after hurricane-force winds slammed into the area from Bergen north to Stad and beyond. Thousands were without power Thursday morning. Damage reports were still ticking in on Thursday, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) could report that the Vest Police District received 133 […]

New storm coming on Friday

State meteorologists were issuing new warnings on Thursday for yet another storm due to bear down on Southern Norway on Friday. They’re predicting not only more strong winds but also lots of rain. Residents of Hordaland and the neighboring county of Sogn og Fjordane were still sorting out the damage and disruption caused by hurricane-forced […]

Hurricane warnings up for West Coast

State meteorologists were issuing warnings on Wednesday for another round of unusually strong winds during the evening and night ahead. Hurricane-force winds were predicted along parts of Norway’s west coast, along with some “scary” winds up the Oslo Fjord. “We expect that these winds will cause some problems,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told weather website […]

Warm weather returns with storm

The Oslo area and much of Southern Norway was basking in warm sunshine again on Tuesday afternoon but it isn’t likely to last too long. State meteorologists linked the warm weather to the remnants of a tropical storm in the Atlantic called “Helene.” Thermometers were well over 20C, adding to the record already set for […]

Record warmth in Tromsø

Thermometers shot up again in Tromsø this week, registering 20.4C (nearly 70F) at the local state meteorological institute. That’s the highest temperature ever recorded in the far northern city so late in the year, while some warmer weather was also expected down south later in the week. News bureau NTB reported that the new record […]

Drought boosted environmental groups

As Norwegians sweltered through their hottest summer on record, many of them seem to have been inspired to join climate- and environmental advocacy groups. The country’s drought also clearly alarmed many, with membership numbers also rising at the Norwegian Greens Party (MDG). “It’s easy to think that our quite high membership growth during the summer […]