Warmest February ever in five counties

It’s official: February’s warm weather sent thermometers soaring to record highs in five Norwegian counties, while the average temperature was 3.5 degrees over what’s normal on a nationwide basis. Norway’s state meteorologic institute has released new statistics that heat up the warnings about climate change. February was among the warmest months on a seasonal basis […]

Record warmth ‘frightening’

Thermometers hit nearly 19C (around 67F) in some parts of Southern Norway on Tuesday, setting off a winter heat wave that both meteorologists and farmers are calling “frightening.” The warmth set new records for February, but it’s not being warmly received. “Something is very wrong,” Gurine Seland, a farmer in Aust-Agder, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Electricity rates fall back

Warmer weather and more precipitation have helped bring down electricity rates in Norway, after an unusually expensive January. They hit their lowest level in three months this past week. “We’ve gone from a situation with cold, winter weather to milder, and not least wetter, weather forecasts,” John Brottesmo, a power analyst for Kinect Energy, told […]

Wet weekend predicted in the south

State meteorologists were warning Friday that the sunny skies over much of Southern Norway were about to be replaced by dark clouds that are likely to burst with heavy rain along the coast, not snow. The abrupt change in the weather was likely to melt the snow already on the ground and create difficult driving […]

Government won’t cap electricity rates

As Norwegians brace for more shockingly high electricity bills this month, they can’t expect much if any help from the government. Oil & Energy Minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg is rejecting calls to set a maximum level and thus cap rates before they go any higher. The calls are coming from thousands of Norwegians over social media, […]

Search crews find one of four avalanche victims

Search crews that finally were able to dig through snowdrifts in efforts to find the bodies of four missing skiers recovered one of them Wednesday morning. The skiers, three men from Finland and a woman from Sweden, were caught in an avalanche in Tamokdalen on January 2. Massive search and rescue efforts were hampered by […]

Thermometers due to plummet

More winter weather chaos disrupted airline traffic in Western Norway on Tuesday, as meteorologists warned of a major cold snap setting in all over the country later this week. Temperatures are likely to sink down to minus-16C in Oslo, and minus-20C in the far north. Bergen’s Flesland Airport was forced to close Tuesday morning after […]

Stormy weather hits Northern Norway hard

Flights, ferries and most all other forms of transport were hit hard on Friday when a powerful winter storm slammed into much of Nordland County, Troms and Finnmark. Most mountain roads were closed, many flights were grounded and state highway authorities at Statens vegvesen warned that traffic trouble could drag on. Dozens of cars and […]

Residents evacuated as storm hits Svalbard

More than 100 residents of Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, were evacuated after a severe winter storm slammed into the Arctic island group on Svalbard. Schools, day care centers and several stores and businesses were also closed, as meteorologists warned that the weather would get worse before getting better. Avalanche danger was set at […]

Avalanche warnings north and west

More warnings of high avalanche danger were posted late this week from Møre in the southwest to Troms in the north. Emergency crews in Troms, meanwhile, were making another attempt Friday to search for four skiers who disappeared in an area that’s had several avalanches in recent days. Bad weather thwarted efforts to send helicopters […]