Despite global warming most everywhere else, last month ended as the coldest November in Norway in years. Records were broken in many spots around the country and the bitter cold has continued, with travel warnings now posted for lots of snow heading into the weekend.
Three records were set in Helgeland and Namdalen (minus 28.4C at Majavatn in Grane and minus-27.5 in Namsskogan in Nord-Trøndelag), while thermometers have fallen below minus-30 in Østerdalen and Røros.
Oslo also saw double-digit minus degrees both this week and last, colder than in Svalbard, and it’s been unusually cold in Northern Norway as well. “It has been almost extremely cold I think,” state meteorologist Bente Wahl told newspaper Dagsavisen. “In Norway it’s been 3.5 degress under the normal temperature, and it’s very seldom we’re more than 1-2 degrees under, so that’s cold.”
Wahl, who’s been warning of climate change for years, acknowledged that the cold weather often prompts skeptics to question it, also as the current UN climate summit continues in Dubai. “But then we have to remember that we’re a small portion of the globe, and the globe as a whole has had temperatures over normal for six months in a row. November was record warm on a global basis.”