‘Extreme low pressure’ disrupts aviation

More than 20 weather stations around Norway are reporting record low air pressure systems following weekend storms. The situation has affected some aircraft including domestic carrier Widerøe’s, which had to cancel several flights in Northern Norway on Monday. The low pressure affects the aircraft’s instruments, opening the potential for errors that could make flying unsafe. […]

Record-high sea levels predicted

State meteorologists were predicting record-high tides all along the Norwegian coast on Monday. Residents were being advised to secure boats, remove outdoor items that could float away and brace for flooding in cellars and basements. The high tides follow extremely stormy weather over the weekend  that disrupted road, ferry and airline traffic and caused quite […]

Storm batters coast and disrupts traffic

Strong winds battered Norway from north to south on Sunday, accompanied by rain that turned snow to treacherous ice. Damage reports were streaming in, while most mountain passes were closed and ferries cancelled. “It’s just terrible weather today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) as the strong winds that began during the […]

Mild winter cuts costs

A lack of snow and unseasonably high temperatures has dramatically cut municipal costs for municipalities and road crews in southeastern Norway. Kristiansand, for example, looks set to save around NOK 10 million (USD 1.1 million), and the savings are much more in Oslo. After newspaper Fædrelandsvennen checked the savings in Kristiansand, newspaper Dagsavisen decided to […]

Climate change ‘is happening now’

It was raining again on Monday in Oslo, where no snow has fallen in January for the first time since measurements began 83 years ago. In the mountains of Stryn, farther to the north, cattle were released from their barns to graze on green grass. Something is clearly wrong when winter seems to have disappeared. […]

‘Extreme’ high tide warnings posted

State meteorologists were posting flood warnings for large stretches of the Norwegian coast this week, because of high tides described as “extreme.” Sea levels may rise by as much as a meter or more in waterfront areas all over southwestern Norway. Bergen’s historic Brygge area was targeted, as were coastal areas for most of western […]

More storms hammer Western Norway

Roads were closed and communities isolated in Western Norway on Monday, after snow followed by heavy rainstorms raised the threat of landslides. Stormy weather was once again spoiling the holidays between Christmas and the New Year. Authorities raised the warning levels for avalanches, mud- and rock slides late Sunday in the counties of Møre og […]

Gloomy prospects for a white Christmas

Most Norwegians will just have to keep dreaming about a white Christmas this year, as unusually mild temperatures continue for the next several days. That means more grey and gloomy weather, except in Northern Norway where dreams may come true. The northern regions of Troms and Finnmark were best positioned for snow over the Christmas […]

Winter storm batters the southwest

Most mountain roads were closed, ferries cancelled and traffic halted over bridges Tuesday night as a severe winter storm slammed into the west coast and blew far inland as well. Bergen’s famed Fløibanen funicular was halted when it collided with a tree that fell over the tracks. Strong winds and snow cut visibility in many […]

Ski season opens after surprise snow

PHOTO FEATURE: The lakes aren’t frozen yet, but skiers in many parts of Southern Norway got a welcome surprise after lots of snow fell both before and during the weekend. Trailblazers made their winter debut, in the middle of autumn for a change. Caution is still needed and it may be awhile before skiers can […]