Major autumn storm rams northern coast

State meteorologists warned that a new storm with waves as high as 12 meters (nearly 40 feet) would ram the coast of Northern Norway on Tuesday. Helgeland, between Bodø and Bronnøysund, was due to be hit hardest. Strong winds and as much as 100mm of rain were also expected as the storm moved in from […]

Extreme weather stuns Vestlandet

UPDATED: Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway). Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to […]

Storm cancelled ‘Skreifiske’

The weather was so bad off the Norwegian coast on Saturday that one of the world’s largest fishing contests, Skreifiske, had to be cancelled. It was simply too dangerous for the fishing boats to head out to sea. High waves and strong wind made for a bad combination. Organizers had little choice but to cancel […]

Storms caused ‘enormous’ damage

Local officials and not least home- and vehicle owners were assessing the damage caused over the weekend by the latest severe storm to slam into Nordland County. Damage estimates were hitting tens of millions of kroner, not least in Vesterålen. Sture Pedersen, mayor of Bø in Vesterålen, reported how the storm raged all night, damaging […]

Stormy weather hits Northern Norway hard

Flights, ferries and most all other forms of transport were hit hard on Friday when a powerful winter storm slammed into much of Nordland County, Troms and Finnmark. Most mountain roads were closed, many flights were grounded and state highway authorities at Statens vegvesen warned that traffic trouble could drag on. Dozens of cars and […]

Residents evacuated as storm hits Svalbard

More than 100 residents of Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, were evacuated after a severe winter storm slammed into the Arctic island group on Svalbard. Schools, day care centers and several stores and businesses were also closed, as meteorologists warned that the weather would get worse before getting better. Avalanche danger was set at […]

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 […]

Emergency communications crashed in storm

Norway has invested nearly NOK 6 billion (USD 750 million) in a new communications system for emergency services, but it hasn’t always worked during storms and power failures. Local mayors are furious, but state officials claim the system was built in accordance with cost specifications. Around 50,000 households in southwestern Norway lost power during last […]

More warnings up for bad weather

Western Norway was due for yet another round of bad weather, this time what state meteorologists called “intense rain” from Tuesday evening. Hordaland and Rogaland were warned to brace for the worst. Both counties on Norway’s west coast were just cleaning up after the weekend’s hurricane-force winds when they were told to batten down the […]

Norwegians rode out the mighty storm

Stormy seas along the Norwegian coast were calming down on Saturday after the extreme weather system dubbed “Knud” moved over Southern Norway and lost strength during the night. It left plenty of debris and disruption in its wake, but no serious injuries. State meteorologists were able to withdraw their “red alert” warning issued on Friday […]