Floodwaters rise in Northern Norway

Four homes were evacuated in and around Norway’s northern city of Alta on Monday, along with a school. The main E6 highway between Lakselv and Karasjok was also closed by flooding. Melting snow, rain and rising temperatures set off the spring floods that had been warned for weeks. Water levels in the rivers around Porsanger […]

Summer weather sets in at last

After a chilly weekend and a fair amount of rain, Southern Norway was joining the north in welcoming summer weather this week. It’s expected to last at least through the upcoming pinse holiday weekend. Thermometers were already rising from Kristiansand in the south to Kirkenes in the north. “Many places will be well over 15C […]

More snow boosts flood warnings

The weather this week has been nothing like the “mild May” conditions Norwegians like to sing about. Road authorities were warning motorists on Tuesday against driving over the mountains without winter tires, and to brace for floods later this spring. There’s rarely been so much snow in Northern Norway, and the mountains are still full […]

Spring flood warnings posted

Record amounts of snow in the mountains of Norway from north to south could set off destructive flooding when the spring melting period sets in. As if the Corona crisis wasn’t enough, state officials are now warning residents of low-lying areas and along rivers to prepare for the worst. “We’re talking about the type of […]

North Sea ‘dam’ proposal not well-received

A proposal by European researchers to build a huge dam of sorts to protect Northern Europe from rising sea levels is not being embraced in Norway. Norwegian researchers propose tackling the cause of rising seas instead. The proposed dam, reported in various media including newspaper Aftenposten, would run for around 460 kilometers from Norway and […]

Storms and flooding halt trains, ferries

More stormy weather and high tides set off flooding that forced closure of train stations in Drammen and Halden on Monday. Strong winds and high seas also halted ferries all over Southern Norway, where mountain roads also had to close. The river running through Drammen rose so high that tracks were submerged at the train […]

Excavator sets off flood in Oslo

Work crews accidentally dug into a water main at Voldsløkka in Oslo Monday afternoon, sending torrents of water south towards downtown and flooding the major Ring 2 east-west artery during the height of the commuter rush. Six major bus lines were disrupted and police closed Ring 2. Water was as high as signposts in some […]

‘Extreme’ high tide warnings posted

State meteorologists were posting flood warnings for large stretches of the Norwegian coast this week, because of high tides described as “extreme.” Sea levels may rise by as much as a meter or more in waterfront areas all over southwestern Norway. Bergen’s historic Brygge area was targeted, as were coastal areas for most of western […]

Flash floods sweep through valleys

UPDATED: Torrential rains and a freak rise in temperatures that rapidly melted snow in Western Norway led to flash flooding during the weekend, forcing evacuations and causing widespread damage in many mountain and valley areas. One barn was swept off its foundation and moved 50 meters, with 13 goats inside. Several local mayors were describing […]

Bergen drenched by more heavy rain

Cellars were flooded, roads closed and a day care center was evacuated after Bergen and much of the West Coast was hit by another torrential rain storm that continued through the night. Police and city officials were overwhelmed, even in a city accustomed to lots of rain. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” John Magnus […]