January 2020 was Norway’s wettest ever

Last month was the wettest January ever seen in Norway.

January 2020 was Norway’s wettest ever
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Total rainfall for the country was 195 percent of the expected amount for the month, beating a record of 185 percent set in 2005, NTB reports.

Seven records were set for the highest measured rainfall in one day, most of them in the country of Trøndelag.

Additionally, 30 records were set for the highest amount total rainfall measured for the whole month. Those records were primarily set in Vestland, Trøndelag, Nordland and Troms and Finnmark.

“More rainfall records were set in January 1989 and 2005, but those years also had areas that received little rainfall, only 10-30 per cent of normal levels. The driest areas in January this year were 50-60 percent of normal levels,” Jostein Mamen, a MET Norway climate researcher, told NTB.

Normal rainfall levels are taken from the average for the international standard period between 1961 and 1990. Some measuring stations in counties including Vestland, Innlandet, Trøndelag and Nordland received as much as four times the normal amount of rainfall.

As well as being the wettest Norwegian January on record, the first month of 2020 was also the second-warmest ever, according to MET Norway measurements.

Records date back to 1900.

READ ALSO: Two days into 2020, Norway has already broken temperature records twice

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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.