Hot, dry weather ‘isn’t fun anymore’

Summer arrived in May in Southern Norway, and its record high temperatures have stuck around ever since. The initial joy of blue skies and sunshine, day after day, now seems to be wearing off, replaced by complaints and concerns over a drought that’s affecting more than just the farmers. “What’s more wonderful than swimming, sunbathing […]

Hot weather moves north

The hot, dry weather that’s left Southern Norway sweltering for weeks on end was making a sudden and strong appearance in the country’s northern counties this week. After an early summer that included storms and even snow, new heat records were already being set. The northern city of Bodø, which shivered through most of June, […]

Forest fires keep breaking out

Nine new forest fires were burning Tuesday morning in Setesdal, the long valley stretching from Kristiansand in the south up to the mountains in the north. The fires are in addition to the dozens already burning or brought under control in the midst of Norway’s severe drought. “We’re putting a priority on four or five […]

Drought blamed for high power rates

The lengthy spell of hot and dry weather in central and southern Norway has sent electricity rates soaring. New figures show they’re now 90 percent higher than they were when they bottomed out exactly three years ago. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) cited high temperatures and rapid melting of last winter’s record amounts of […]

Drought-induced slaughters begin

Amidst fears it will set off a shortage of milk and dairy products, farmers lacking enough food for their cattle have started slaughtering some of their animals. The drought that’s left fields dry and without nutrients for cattle feed has spurred the worst agricultural crisis in Norway for more than 70 years.  Nortura, the national […]

Lightning sets off 100 forest fires

UPDATED: More than 100 forest and brush fires were burning all over Southern Norway, some of them out of control, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Extremely dry conditions and strong winds were posing huge challenges for emergency crews. State broadcaster NRK reported fires in the Agder counties, Telemark, Vestfold, Østfold, Buskerud, Hedmark and Oppland. NRK […]

Norway hasn’t been so dry since 1947

Even though some welcome rain fell in and around the Oslo area on Monday, it wasn’t nearly enough to end a drought that’s now raising more alarm over large parts of the country. Agriculture Minister John Georg Dale rolled out some emergency measures just before the weekend for farmers demanding state assistance. Farmers often call […]

Heat cuts strawberry season short

Norwegians tend to be immensely proud of their locally grown strawberries, which usually ripen slowly under the near constant daylight of May and June until they’re hand-picked in July. This year, the heat wave and lack of rain has all but ruined conditions for the summertime delicacy. Growers warned early this week that blazing temperatures […]

Drought may force cattle slaughter

High temperatures and a lack of rain in Southern Norway have left farmers claiming they’ll have to slaughter cattle this fall. The reason: There won’t be enough hay to feed their livestock through the winter. The farmers’ initial harvest of grass grown for cattle feed amounts to just 40 percent of normal supplies, after the […]

Trains spark fires again

Trains on the rail line between Oslo and Gjøvik, which is used by thousands of commuters, ground to a halt again on Monday after a braking train set off sparks that ignited tinder dry shrubbery and grass along the tracks. The fires were extinguished before any evacuations of residents along the tracks at Nittedal were […]