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Extreme weather in Norway: Trondheim docks flooded by freak high water

Water levels in Trondheim reached 1.4 metres above sea level on Tuesday as a result of a the ‘Elsa’ extreme weather system.

Extreme weather in Norway: Trondheim docks flooded by freak high water
Exceptionally rare high tide is pictured reaching the harbour of Trondheim where the Norwegian coastal transport company Hurtigruten docks in Trondheim. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian Mapping Authority reported that, just after 1pm, water levels were expected to be around 1.4 metres above normal levels, VG reports.

The high water level — corresponding to 395 centimetres above chart datum — only occurs once every 50 to 100 years, according to local media Adressa.

Measurements taken by the Mapping Authority showed that the water level was a few centimetres lower than that predicted, at 386 centimetres above chart datum.

High water levels in the region are partly due to the full moon, combined a strong low-pressure weather system.

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The extreme weather, which has been given the name Elsa in Norway, also impacted southern county Agder as well as the west coast on Monday.

The highest water level was measured in Måløy, a town in Vestland county, 287 centimetres, 5 centimetres above the 1993 record, according to the MET Norway.

The high water entered the town hall and several shops in the town, NRK reported.

Capital Oslo did not escape the high tide, with the Mapping Authority reporting a high of 185 centimetres on Monday evening before levels began to subside.

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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. 

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