January 2020 became the wettest January ever

rainfallMeteorologists warn about large rainfall.Photo: Emil Breistein / NTB scanpix

The year got off to a wet start, with a precipitation rate of 195 percent of the normal in January. The old record dates from 2005 and stood at 185 percent.

The Meteorological Institute reports. They have already established that January 2020 was also the second-warmest ever. Seven records were set for the highest measured rainfall in one day, most of them in Trøndelag. In addition, 30 records were set for the highest amount of rainfall measured throughout the month, mainly in Vestland, Trøndelag, Nordland and Troms and Finnmark.

– “Even more rainfall records were set in January 1989 and 2005, but then there were also areas that received little rainfall, only 10-30 percent of normal. The driest areas in January this year were 50-60 percent of what is normal,” says Jostein Mamen, a climate scientist at the Meteorological Institute.

The standard it is compared to is the international standard period from 1961 to 1990. Some measuring stations in the Vestland, Inland, Trøndelag, and Nordland received as much as four times the normal amount of rainfall.

The measurements date back to 1900.

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