More cold weather in the forecast

Brrrrr – it’s been cold out there the past few days, and warmer spring weather isn’t predicted to return anytime soon. State meteorologists think it will stay chilly, with more snow expected later in the week. Several areas in central and southern Norway have been hit with more snow, with road warnings up for slippery conditions. […]

Pollen season starting early

Warm temperatures in February have led to warnings of an early pollen season, with some traces of pollen already drifting around areas of Southern Norway, according to the state asthma and allergy federation (Norges Astma- og Allergiforbund, NAAF). “The first pollen has been registered and the season is in its start phase,” wrote NAAF on […]

Warm weather sets new records

It’s official, even before the month is over: State meteorologists have confirmed that the unusually warm weather that’s settled over much of Norway has made for the warmest May for 71 years, at least in the vast Østlandet region in the southeast. “The last time it’s been this warm in Østlandet in May was in […]

Forest fire danger sparks red alerts

Warnings were going out this week that forest fire danger was at its highest possible level all over Southeastern Norway. More than a week of dry and unusually warm weather, with more to come, is making local forests highly vulnerable to going up in flames. Not only are all open campfires banned in all municipalities […]

Floodwaters may have topped out

UPDATED: Rapid snowmelt combined with rain continues to cause seasonal flooding in southeastern Norway but officials think the worst may be over for now, after some rivers were raised to “red alert” levels heading into the weekend. Water was rising most places, Knut Ola Aamodt, a hydrologist for the state waterways agency NVE, told state […]

‘Worst ever’ pollen season predicted

Spring has sprung in southern Norway but those suffering from allergies have little reason to rejoice after this year’s long and cold winter. It’s being blamed for what experts predict will be the worst pollen season ever. Many areas, including Oslo’s metropolitan region, logged unusually cold temperatures during the winter months this year. That postponed […]

Avalanche danger raised to ‘extreme’

For the first time ever, state authorities raised the danger for avalanches to “extreme” in wide areas of Nordland County. Warnings were up all over northern Norway for people to stay away from all steep areas through the weekend. “Stay home” was the message being sent out by police on Friday after Norway’s state agency […]

Oslo wakes up to more snow

Police were urging motorists to leave their cars at home on Thursday, after the Oslo area was hit by more sleet and snow that built up at higher elevations and left roads extremely slippery. The unseasonably cold and wet weather, which also put a damper on royal birthday celebrations this week, was expected to improve. […]

Heavy snow delays airline traffic

The surprise spring snowstorm that snarled vehicular traffic around eastern and southern Norway on Monday was also causing serious delays in airline traffic at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. Buses serving the airport were also running way behind schedule. Airport officials said OSL Gardermoen was operating at half-capacity because of the sudden need to clear snow […]

‘Russ’ season gets off to a violent start

Norway’s annual “russ” season, during which graduating high school students engage in hard partying, is now in full swing after the Easter holidays. Police from Bærum in the south to Finnmark in the north had to deal with wild parties during the weekend, and a large gathering in Bergen that went completely out of control. Norwegian Broadcasting […]