Rescue operation wins tributes

Grateful passengers couldn’t seem to praise Norwegian search and rescue efforts enough on Sunday, after the dramatic near-grounding of their cruiseship in a major storm on Saturday. As one man put it, “I didn’t see much of the Northern Lights, but I met the Norwegian people.” Hui Boon Tan gave a lengthy, articulate and heartfelt […]

Storm cancelled ‘Skreifiske’

The weather was so bad off the Norwegian coast on Saturday that one of the world’s largest fishing contests, Skreifiske, had to be cancelled. It was simply too dangerous for the fishing boats to head out to sea. High waves and strong wind made for a bad combination. Organizers had little choice but to cancel […]

Stricken cruiseship nearly grounded

The drama on high seas off Norway this weekend narrowly avoided turning into utter tragedy. Maritime experts believe the cruiseship Viking Sky with 1,373 people on board was only 100 meters away from grounding on rocks in a notorious bay off Romsdal. The vessel sent out Mayday messages around 2pm Saturday, reporting that it was in […]

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 […]