Storm grounds oil rig helicopters

Another major late summer storm halted most helicopter traffic beween Norway’s West Coast and its oil rigs in the North Sea on Friday. State meteorologists were also warning of flooding because of all the heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. Morten Eek, spokesman for state oil company Equinor’s offshore installations, reported up to 300 […]

Summer suddenly turned chilly

After an unusually warm June, Norway’s July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise. Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn’t […]

Storm kept police busy, warmer days on the way

Police and emergency crews all over Norway took in lots of calls for help as Easter weekend storms toppled trees and tore down power lines. State meteorologists promise, however, that much better weather is on the way. More than 65,000 households were without electricity on Monday in the new county Innlandet alone. It combines the […]

New storm warnings posted

Yet another late-winter storm was wreaking havoc from north to south on Easter Sunday, and Monday could be worse. “Now there’s even more reason to just stay home,” commented one state meteorologist. Police urged residents to secure all loose objects and to refrain from driving over the mountains of Southern Norway and, not least in […]

Storm slams into Lofoten

Another powerful late-winter storm was causing all kinds of trouble in Nordland County and especially Vesterålen and the Lofoten archipelago on Wednesday, where strong winds overturned trucks and cars, closed bridges, cancelled ferries and left thousands without power. The Easter holidays were not getting off to a good start Wednesday afternoon, especially for a large […]

Storms cut power to thousands

Norway’s state meteorologic institute sent out warnings on Thursday of powerful winds over much of the southeast (Østlandet) and the Agder counties. The stormy weather had left more than 4,000 households and busineesses without power as of early afternoon. It wasn’t only in Northern Norway that stormy weather was causing problems. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that […]

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 […]