Last year started out bitterly cold but turned into the warmest and wettest year in Norway since weather statistics started being recorded 111 years ago. State meteorologists could confirm the wild weather trends when 2011 ended with a hurricane.
News bureau NTB reported that residents of Nord-Trøndelag, Nordland and Troms counties experienced the biggest rise in temperatures, with weather stations there reporting average temperatures that were 2.5-3 degrees higher than normal.
Farther south, in Rogaland county on the west coast, the average temperature landed at 8.9C for the year, compared to the meteorologists’ norm of 7.4C.
Last year also matched 1983 as the wettest years since precipitation statistics started being kept in 1900. Even though it rained heavily in the Oslo area through most of the summer, the greatest increases in rainfall were recorded in parts of the inland counties of Oppland and Buskerud along with the western counties of Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal and the northern areas of Trøndelag and Finnmark.
Views and News staff