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 […]

Storm warnings raised to red alert

Norway’s state meteorologists raised storm warnings to their highest level, so-called “red alert,” on Friday, as a potentially fatal system of extreme weather bore down on the southern part of the country. Residents were urged to stay indoors, while several schools and children’s day care centers were closing early. Heavy rain was pouring down on […]

Autumn storm ‘hit harder’ than expected

Police along Norway’s West Coast were inundated with calls for help during the night, after hurricane-force winds slammed into the area from Bergen north to Stad and beyond. Thousands were without power Thursday morning. Damage reports were still ticking in on Thursday, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) could report that the Vest Police District received 133 […]

New storm coming on Friday

State meteorologists were issuing new warnings on Thursday for yet another storm due to bear down on Southern Norway on Friday. They’re predicting not only more strong winds but also lots of rain. Residents of Hordaland and the neighboring county of Sogn og Fjordane were still sorting out the damage and disruption caused by hurricane-forced […]

Hurricane warnings up for West Coast

State meteorologists were issuing warnings on Wednesday for another round of unusually strong winds during the evening and night ahead. Hurricane-force winds were predicted along parts of Norway’s west coast, along with some “scary” winds up the Oslo Fjord. “We expect that these winds will cause some problems,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told weather website […]

Freak storm causes more damage

A sudden and intense combination of lightning, thunder, heavy rain and extremely strong winds caused more damage just after 4pm in Oslo. Trees were torn down all over the city, including a stately old oak in the park at Sofienberg. “We got reports that trees were knocked down and roof panels were blown off houses,” […]

Record rain after record drought

The heavy rain that fell over much of Southern Norway during the weekend set records that seemed to take various areas from one extreme to the other after this summer’s drought. Three places in central Norway recorded their wettest August day in the past 78 years, but the drought isn’t over. Weather stations at Sverresborg […]