The winter’s absence of snow and minus degrees causes concern in the Meteorological Institute. ”I wait for winter to come, but it never comes,” says researcher.
“In large parts of southern Norway it is so far one of the warmest January months we have seen. I go to work every day and wait for winter to come, but it never comes,” says climate scientist Ketil Isaksen at the Meteorological Institute to ABC News.
On January 2nd, two heat records were set in Møre og Romsdal. 18.6 degrees was recorded in Åndalsnes before the thermometer reached a full 19 degrees in Sunndalsøra. The capital has also been characterized by high temperatures in January, up to plus 8 degrees.
Isaksen is concerned that the winter is getting shorter, that the high mountain is also being hit by mild weather and that the permafrost on Svalbard is thawing.
“What everyone has in common is that things are going faster than I and other researchers had predicted ten and twenty years ago,” he says.
Svalbard is one of the places in the world where the temperature increases the most, and the average temperature in Svalbard has increased by 5.6 degrees since 1961.
“It is increasingly clear that the global temperature rise is hitting hard in Norway, and the Norwegian winter is being affected. It affects me a little mentally,” says the climate scientist.
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