Extreme flooding can be expected again: Norwegian water agency

Water levels in some of southern Norway’s water courses are currently at their highest level for over a century.

Extreme flooding can be expected again: Norwegian water agency
Flooding of the Topdalselva river at Boen on October 2nd 2017. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Flooding of the extending currently seen in the region is “extreme and rare,” according to a hydrologist with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

“This is something we will see more of in the future,” NVE climate advisor and hydrologist Hege Hisdal told NRK.

Floods now seem to have peaked in water courses in the south and the water will now gradually recede, although it will take several days for larger rivers to return to normal levels, according to the broadcaster’s report.

“An extreme amount of rain has fallen in a relatively short time. The unusual element was a series of low pressure fronts that followed each other with a lot of rain – it has rained a lot over a large area,” Hisdal said.

Some areas have reported the highest water levels since 1900, writes NRK.

“This is very extreme and quite unusual,” Hisdal said, adding that “it is unfortunate that ongoing climate changes increase the probability of this happening.”

While flooding in the affected area of Norway is a natural phenomenon, NVE has observed a significant increase in both temperature and precipitation since the 1900s, Hisdal told NRK.

As such, more flooding as a result of both rainfall and melting snow is likely, she said.

“It is a result of increases in temperature and precipitation, and although we have a had a lot of big floods, including this one, we know that we can expect this again in the future,” Hisdal said.

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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.