Warmest winter in 120 years

Norway’s winter of 2019-2020 has been the warmest since Norwegian officials started recording temperatures in 1900. They averaged 4.5 degrees higher than normal, and the winter was also the among the wettest ever. All regions with the exception of Northern Norway set records for winter warmth, reports news bureau NTB. The lighthouse at Ytterøyane in […]

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 […]

Birds intoxicated by old berries

A man in Vestby, south of Oslo, found what he thought were six ill birds in his garden last week, reports state broadcaster NRK. After he determined that they couldn’t fly, had trouble walking, lost their balance and remained lying on the ground, he collected them into a box and took them to a local […]

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 […]

‘Snow’ opens when none is outdoors

It’s been called “a monument to climate change,” but the manager of the Oslo area’s new indoor skiing center called Snø (Snow) insists it “neither can nor will replace winter.” It’s just a coincidende, apparently, that the huge facility adjacent to the busy E6 highway at Lørenskog opened in the middle of the warmest January on […]

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. […]

Winter wonderland awaits in the hills

PHOTO FEATURE: There wasn’t much snow in the downtown area during the New Year’s week, but residents of Oslo only need to head for the hills around the Norwegian capital to find a winter wonderland and plenty of possibilities for skiing. We checked out some of the areas closest to town, and easily accessible on […]

Power failure hit Trysil ski resort

More than 11,000 people lost electricity in Engerdal and in the popular ski resort town of Trysil in eastern Norway on Sunday. The power failure also left ski lifts standing still. The power went out around noon, and was sorely felt by hotels and the ski resort at Trysil, which is full of tourists during […]

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 […]