Flash floods sweep through valleys

UPDATED: Torrential rains and a freak rise in temperatures that rapidly melted snow in Western Norway led to flash flooding during the weekend, forcing evacuations and causing widespread damage in many mountain and valley areas. One barn was swept off its foundation and moved 50 meters, with 13 goats inside. Several local mayors were describing […]

Record warmth in Bergen

Summer apparently isn’t over yet, with clear, sunny weather in much of Southern Norway and rain on the West Coast giving way to warm sunshine as well. So warm, that it set another record on Thursday. “Bergen has been lucky today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. “The warm spell […]

Funding sinks for a ships’ tunnel

More than 100 years of hopes and plans for a unique tunnel for ships off Norway’s West Coast are now desperately treading water. No funding at all was allocated for the project in the conservative government’s state budget proposal for next year. The long-discussed tunnel would allow fishing boats and other vessels to avoid sailing […]

Summer weather returns to the south

Skies turned sunny once again over Oslo on Monday, after an unusually warm weekend. State meteorologists predict the mild autumn weather will stick around for awhile. Some areas of Southern- and Central Norway may see thermometers creep back up to 20C (nearly 70F). While the annual autumn holiday week is over in Oslo, Akershus and […]

Weather may spoil autumn holidays

Norway’s tradition “høstferie” (autumn holidays) start this weekend but those heading for the mountains were warned to drive carefully. Early snow and frost were making roads slick, and dangerous for vehicles not yet equipped with winter tires. The state highway department was urging anyone planning to drive over the mountains, in the area between Bergen […]

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 […]