More winter storms on the way

Forecasts for strong winds, lots of rain or snow and avalanche warnings were posted over almost the entire country on Tuesday, as Norwegians were told to brace for more rough weather over the next several days. State meteorologists issued more than 70 warnings at the red, orange and gold levels. Trond Lien of the state […]

New storm raged from south to north

Nearly all mountain passes were closed on Monday, thousands were without power in Trøndelag and damage reports were pouring in after another storm slammed into the west coast and north beyond Trondheim. Winds also hit hurricane force as far south as Sirdal in Agder County Sunday night, and it was blowing hard in Oslo, too. […]

Weekend hytte trips discouraged

Highway and emergency services sent out an unusual warning Friday afternoon: “Don’t drive to your hytte (holiday home) this weekend.” Damage from this week’s extreme weather system called “Gyda” and challenging conditions for repair crews can be further complicated by increased traffic all over central Norway. Officials at Vegtrafikksentralen i Midt-Norge, which monitors traffic and […]

Storm finally over after destructive days

Norway’s meteorological institute could finally report Thursday night that the extreme weather system dubbed “Gyda” was over, but flooding and landslide danger remained. Lots more wind and snow, too. There were no reported deaths or injuries, but the storms that raged from Vestlandet to Trøndelag and farther north left a lot of destruction in their […]

Storm warnings turned ‘all too real’

There was no lack of warnings about the threat of an extreme weather system that started hitting Norway hard on Wednesday. The high winds, blizzards and massive rain pouring down along the west coast were expected to continue into Thursday. “This can get ugly,” Aart Verhage, a regional chief for the state waterways agency NVE […]

Rain and wind turned destructive

After weeks if not months of unusually warm and dry weather, most of Southern Norway continues to be battered this week by heavy rain and, in some areas, strong winds. That resulted in lots of damage during the weekend. The rain was initially welcome, not only to turn yellowed lawns green again but also to […]

Storm scared tourists on Lofoten

Neither longtime residents nor ferry operators had ever seen such long lines at local ferry docks late this week, after thousands of tourists frightened by unusually harsh summer weather tried to leave otherwise scenic Lofoten. “It’s a nightmare,” one frustrated truckdriver told state broadcaster NRK after waiting for hours in the queue. Strong winds and […]

Sisters killed by lightning

Flags were flying at half-mast on Monday in the coastal community of Hareid, southwest of Ålesund, after three sisters from Oslo were struck by lightning while climbing to the summit of Melshornet. Two of the sisters, aged 12 and 18, were killed and the third badly injured. All were active in the Oslo sports club […]

Adrift Dutch ship now under control

A Dutch cargo ship that lost power in a severe storm off Norway’s west coast earlier this week was finally brought under tow in an emergency operation during the night. That avoided what many feared could have been an environmental catastrophe.  Crews from the Norwegian Coast Guard, a Dutch salvage firm and Norway’s search and […]

Cargo ship adrift in stormy seas

Norwegian officials were worrying about serious environmental damage after a Dutch cargo ship floundered in stormy seas off Ålesund on Monday and then lost power. All 12 crew members have since been rescued and the vessel remained adrift on Tuesday, with 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel on board as it […]