The winter in Bodø has become two months shorter, meteorologists claim

BodøPhoto: Marius Helge Larsen / NTB

According to the Meteorological Institute, the new climate normal in Bodø is that the winter has been two months shorter than it was in the period between 1961 and 1990.

A climate normal is an average of the weather over a period of 30 years. These periods are used to compare changes in the climate, and now the meteorologists have calculated how much shorter the winter in Norway has become, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

The climate researchers at the Meteorological Institute have come to the conclusion that the winter has become much shorter in some places. This applies, for example, to the coastal town of Bodø, where researchers estimate that the winter has become a full two months shorter.

Coastal areas affected

The meteorological definition of winter is the number of days with zero degrees or less.

“The areas where winter was already marginal have registered the greatest change. Typical maritime areas along the coast,” Hans Olav Hygen, meteorologist and head of the climate services department at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, told the national broadcaster.

In Oslo, the winter has become three weeks shorter, and the same is true for Tromsø. In the future, researchers predict that winter in some places will be completely marginal or gone.

“Bergen is an example that is already there – they do not have winter by definition,” Hygen stated. 

“The persistently stable winters that many were used to before will be a part of the past.”

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