Thousands finally can head home from holidays

Sandstorms that closed the airport at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands over the weekend finally abated enough on Monday to allow it to reopen. Both Norwegian Air and SAS were sending extra aircraft to the popular holiday island of Gran Canaria, to bring home stranded passengers. All aircraft were subject to techncial and safety […]

Storms, snow stranded travelers

Volunteers from the Red Cross helped dig out a train from Oslo after it rolled right into massive snowdrifts from an avalanche while on its way to Bergen over the weekend. Everyone on board had to spend the night stuck in the snow even though they weren’t far from the Upsete Station. Snowstorms throughout the […]

Storm warnings posted again

Norwegian media were sending out warnings from state meteorologists on Friday about yet another storm moving in from the north Atlantic and slamming right into Norway from north to south, just as thousands of Norwegian are heading to or from the mountains for winter holidays. “Especially bad weather” was predicted through Saturday, with several mountain […]

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 […]

‘Extreme low pressure’ disrupts aviation

More than 20 weather stations around Norway are reporting record low air pressure systems following weekend storms. The situation has affected some aircraft including domestic carrier Widerøe’s, which had to cancel several flights in Northern Norway on Monday. The low pressure affects the aircraft’s instruments, opening the potential for errors that could make flying unsafe. […]

Record-high sea levels predicted

State meteorologists were predicting record-high tides all along the Norwegian coast on Monday. Residents were being advised to secure boats, remove outdoor items that could float away and brace for flooding in cellars and basements. The high tides follow extremely stormy weather over the weekend  that disrupted road, ferry and airline traffic and caused quite […]

Storm batters coast and disrupts traffic

Strong winds battered Norway from north to south on Sunday, accompanied by rain that turned snow to treacherous ice. Damage reports were streaming in, while most mountain passes were closed and ferries cancelled. “It’s just terrible weather today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) as the strong winds that began during the […]

More storms hammer Western Norway

Roads were closed and communities isolated in Western Norway on Monday, after snow followed by heavy rainstorms raised the threat of landslides. Stormy weather was once again spoiling the holidays between Christmas and the New Year. Authorities raised the warning levels for avalanches, mud- and rock slides late Sunday in the counties of Møre og […]

Winter storm batters the southwest

Most mountain roads were closed, ferries cancelled and traffic halted over bridges Tuesday night as a severe winter storm slammed into the west coast and blew far inland as well. Bergen’s famed Fløibanen funicular was halted when it collided with a tree that fell over the tracks. Strong winds and snow cut visibility in many […]

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 […]