Norway sees warmest November in 111 years

Last month will go down in the record books as the warmest November in Norway since the country's meteorological institute began keeping track of national weather statistics 111 years ago.

Norway sees warmest November in 111 years
Photo: Rett Kommunikasjon (File)

In a month that ended with a violent storm, the mild temperatures were in stark contrast to last year’s big freeze: November 2010 was deemed the coldest month since records began by the Meteorological Institute.

The most astonishing average temperatures were measured at Svinøy Lighthouse off the west coast, where the mercury hovered at a record 9.8 degrees Celsius, 4.1 degrees above normal.

“If Svinøy had been 0.2 degrees warmer we could have said that it was summer in November,” meteorologist Jostein Mamen told weather website

“Summer is defined by the average temperature surpassing 10 degrees.”

The highest maximum temperature was recorded at nearby Tafjord, which reached a balmy 18.8 degrees on November 9th.

2011 has also been one of the warmest years on record, with temperatures for January to November 1.7 degrees above average.

“Unless we have an exceptionally cold December, 2011 will stand as the third or fourth warmest year since 1900,” climate research Ketil Isaksen told the Meteorological Institute.

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Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.