Extreme weather stuns Vestlandet

UPDATED: Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway). Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to […]

Equinor vows to clean up oil spill

Norway’s state oil company Equinor (ex-Statoil) was being bashed by environmentalists over the weekend for failing to better secure its oil terminal in the Bahamas. Last week’s devastating Hurricane Dorian ripped the covers off oil storage tanks, resulting in an oil spill that Equinor itself reports is around 1.3 kilometers long. “This is a catastrophe, […]

Mountain finally crashes down

The most worrisome portion of Norway’s highly unstable mountain, Mannen in Romsdalen, finally came crashing down to the valley below Thursday night. State broadcaster NRK captured the massive rockslide while local residents and geologists celebrated, after five years of steady alarms and frequent evacuations. “Nå skjer det! (Now it’s happening!)” Thrilled spectators could be heard […]

Summer in the City hasn’t ended yet

PHOTO FEATURE: Schools are back in session and Norway’s official summer holiday period is long over, but the weather suggests otherwise. State meteorologists are forecasting another heat wave of sorts, and folks were already out enjoying sunshine and warmth over the weekend. Oslo residents flocked to the waterfront again on Sunday, and many dove right […]

More floods and slides in the forecast

Norwegian researchers and meteorologists are once again warning of more torrential rain, floods and landslides in the years to come. Extreme weather will be common by the year 2100,  they say, also in areas where landslides and flooding currently are not. “It’s just going to get worse over the whole country,” Bernt G Apeland, secretary […]

Freak rainstorm cut Oslo in two

State meteorologists are blaming climate change for a freak rainstorm in Oslo late Saturday night. It came suddenly and forcefully, but only cut through the center of town, leaving areas on the eastern and western sides of the capital dry. Meteorologists got no warning of the fierce rainstorm that flooded many downtown streets until less […]

Glaciers melting at an alarming rate

Researchers, especially one who has studied Norway’s second-largest glacier for the past 20 years, are sounding new alarms over how glaciers are melting. “It’s only going downhill with the glaciers,” Miriam Jackson, who recently paid another visit to an important arm of the glacier Svartisen in Nordland County. Jackson, a glaciologist and researcher at Norway’s state […]

Critics blast latest digital breakdown

Hundreds of people in Jølster and the emergency crews trying to help them this week had to cope with a digital collapse, after extreme weather and a series of landslides left them not only without power, but also mobile phone coverage and Internet access. The government is now demanding better preparedness from telecoms firms. “We are […]

Landslides set off drama, destruction

Stories of fear and the destructive force of extreme weather were emerging Wednesday, as communication was re-established with areas of Jølster hit by sudden and massive landslides late Tuesday. At least one man is now officially missing and presumed dead after the car he was driving was swept off the road and into the lake […]

Landslides close roads, isolate homes

Police still couldn’t account for at least 30 people in the mountain community of Jølster in Sogn og Fjordane by midday, after heavy rains unleashed landslides in the area Tuesday evening. The main E39 highway remained closed as well, and mobile phone coverage was knocked out. “We have to go in with geologists now and […]