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 […]

Mild winter cuts costs

A lack of snow and unseasonably high temperatures has dramatically cut municipal costs for municipalities and road crews in southeastern Norway. Kristiansand, for example, looks set to save around NOK 10 million (USD 1.1 million), and the savings are much more in Oslo. After newspaper Fædrelandsvennen checked the savings in Kristiansand, newspaper Dagsavisen decided to […]

Climate change ‘is happening now’

It was raining again on Monday in Oslo, where no snow has fallen in January for the first time since measurements began 83 years ago. In the mountains of Stryn, farther to the north, cattle were released from their barns to graze on green grass. Something is clearly wrong when winter seems to have disappeared. […]

‘Extreme’ high tide warnings posted

State meteorologists were posting flood warnings for large stretches of the Norwegian coast this week, because of high tides described as “extreme.” Sea levels may rise by as much as a meter or more in waterfront areas all over southwestern Norway. Bergen’s historic Brygge area was targeted, as were coastal areas for most of western […]