February freeze turns expensive

Norway’s already record-high electricity rates rose even higher this week as thermometers fell all over the country. Hardly any temperatures above the freezing point have been recorded in recent days, making the winter wonderland not so wonderful after all. Skiers and skaters have been out enjoying one of the coldest winters in years. Some can’t […]

Electricity rates jump in the cold

One of the coldest January months in many years has sent electric rates soaring as thermometers sank. Market rates passed their highest level in five years on Monday, meaning that most Norwegians need to brace for some mighty big bills ahead. “We had a real jump today,” Bengt Haugnes, in charge of power trading for […]

Major storm batters Helgeland

Police were urging residents all along the West Coast and especially in Helgeland to stay indoors, after the extreme weather system known as Frank roared in on Thursday. Many mountain roads were also closed and winds were strong as far south as Oslo and beyond. “It’s hardly possible to stand upright out there,” Ole Håkon […]

Snow knocked out power lines

Thousands of households and holiday homes experienced frequent and lengthy power failures this week, after lots of heavy wet snow fell all over southeastern Norway. More than 60 homes in Østre Toten were without electricity for 44 hours, while romjul holidays were spoiled for lots of those taking time off at holiday cabins. That’s because […]

Holiday sunshine before ‘jul deluge’

PHOTO FEATURE: Frosty weather and low December sunshine splashed briefly over southern Norway on the Christmas Day holiday, before being washed away by heavy wet snow that turned into more pouring rain. The sunny interlude prompted some brave souls to jump into the Oslo Fjord for a brisk “julevasken” (Christmas bathing). The first sunshine in […]

Rare sunshine turned to slippery snow

After weeks of rain throughout most of December, the sun finally came out on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in much of  Southern Norway. It all turned into heavy snow and more rain on Saturday, though, making roads and highways hazardous. Police all over Østlandet and in the mountain regions were issuing warnings Saturday […]

New warmth records set in November

It’s never been so warm in Norway’s coastal town of Arendal in November as it was last month. State meteorologists registered warmth records elsewhere in the country as well, but the average temperature of 8.3C at Arendal’s Torungen Lighthouse was the highest since registration began in 1867. Other records were set on the island of […]

Storms stirred up lots of trouble

Strong winds, lots of snow and slick roads have caused problems all over Trøndelag and along the West Coast, and sent unusually warm temperatures plummeting. Trucks overturned several places and one even slid into a man’s home office in Malvik. As much as 40 centimeters of snow fell in the mountains, especially in Møre og […]

Unusual warmth enveloped Norway

After a week with the Corona crisis raging, personal freedoms limited and Norwegians fixated on the wildly dramatic presidential election in the US, nothing seemed to be as it should. The feeling was compounded on Friday, when summer-like temperatures were reported in early November. The seasonally low-lying sun was shining over most of Southern Norway, […]

Storm cut Norway in half

The powerful remains of the tropical storm dubbed Sally slammed into Northern Norway on Monday, flooding the E6 highway at Rana to such an extent that no vehicles could cross over it. Since the highway runs from the Swedish border in the south all the way to the Russian border in the north, that effectively […]