Bad weather cancels some fireworks

Stormy weather that slammed into Norway’s northwest coast on Monday forced several cities to cancel their traditional fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. Winds were so strong that it was dangerous send up rockets. “We have to think ‘safety first,’” Eigunn Stav Sætre, culture chief for the City of Kristiansund, told state broadcaster NRK late […]

Stormy weather on New Year’s Eve

Wet and wild weather was in the forecast for New Year’s Eve. The worst weather was expected in the Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag counties. Dreams of clear, starry skies full of New Year’s fireworks were unlikely to come true, according to state meteorologists. They were predicting lots of rain, not snow, and strong winds […]

White Christmas, with some grey

Oslo residents were able to enjoy a mostly White Christmas this holiday season, even though no fresh snow fell to soften and help groom ski tracks. Stormy weather closed several mountain passes during the holidays, but they were opening up again in time for the romjul period between Christmas and New Year. The snow that […]

Snow halted prime minister’s car

It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues […]

Weather can make driving hazardous

State meteorologists were warning this week that another change in the weather can cause problems for motorists in Norway’s most heavily populated areas around Oslo. Currently cold temperatures are due to rise and bring rain that can freeze on contact with the ground. A low-pressure system from the west was expected to bring rain, at […]

Frosty forests show winter is coming

PHOTO FEATURE: While winter has arrived in much of Northern Norway and in the mountains, the Oslo area has been mostly free of snow so far. A sudden drop in temperatures over the weekend provided some frosty landscapes, but state meteorologists warned Tuesday that they may not last long. This placid scene could be found […]

Rain drenched Southern Norway

Pouring rain throughout the weekend caused more problems in Southern Norway, flooding cellars and roads in several areas. Rivers and creeks ran over their banks and bridges were closed, with the rain not letting up until Monday morning. Lifjell in Telemark recorded the most rain, with 106 millimeters in a 24-hour period. Porsgrunn and Ås […]

Thousands of farmers apply for compensation

More than 14,000 farmers are seeking state taxpayer-funded compensation for crop losses following last summer’s drought. The number compares to 890 last year, reports newspaper Nationen. Most of the farmers seeking financial aid over and above the subsidy and tariff protection they also receive are located in the counties of Oppland, Østfold and Akershus, according […]

Glacier recedes by a ‘dramatic’ degree

Another Norwegian glacier has shown “dramatic” signs of being threatened by climate change. The Nigard Glacier in Jostedalen lost fully 80 meters of its ice just this past summer. It was the warmest summer ever recorded in Norway, also characterized by a severe drought. That contributed to how the Nigard Glacier receded to a degree […]

Wheels spin in first snow of the season

The winter’s first snow started arriving in Southern Norway during the weekend, and a lot more was expected through Tuesday. Meteorologists warned motorists of slippery roads that already were sending some vehicles spinning out of control. A bus with 30 passengers ran off the road and into a ditch on Myravegen in Arendal on Monday. […]