|Warmest November in 111 years|
| [08.12.2011, 03:55pm, Thu. GMT]|
|This year’s November earned a place in history books. Never before have temperatures been so high in the months leading up to Christmas. November started with summer temperatures, but ended up soaking wet when the storm “Berit” touched down. “We have measured the hottest November in Norway since 1900, when the measurement series started,” says climate researcher at the Meteorological Department, Jostein Mamen.This year’s November earned a place in history books. Never before have temperatures been so high in the months leading up to Christmas.|
November started with summer temperatures, but ended up soaking wet when the storm “Berit” touched down.
“We have measured the hottest November in Norway since 1900, when the measurement series started,” says climate researcher at the Meteorological Department, Jostein Mamen.
There was not much that was reminiscent of winter outdoors this November. The ski resorts had to postpone the start of the season again and again because of mild weather.
“We have certainly had a late start to winter this year. There are definitely some who have waited impatiently for the snow in November,” said Mamen.
Last year was the coldest in living memory. That was a sharp contrast from this year, to say the least.
The highest monthly temperature was measured in Svinøy in Møre and Romsdal of 9.8 degrees. This was 4.1 degrees above normal.
“Had Svinøy received 0.2 degrees more we could say that it was ’summer in November.’ The definition of summer is when the average temperature is above 10 degrees,” said Mamen.
This is also a new Norwegian record for November. The old record was 9.2 degrees, measured on Lindesnes in 2006.
For the country as a whole, it seems the average temperature this November was 4.5 degrees above normal. The measurement series goes back to 1900.
“There are some stations with longer series back to when the Norwegian Meteorological Institute was established in 1866, and this year’s November is the warmest on their records as well,” says climate researcher Ketil Isaksen.
This means that, for many places, this may have been the warmest November in 145 years.
“For example, the 145 year long series at Utsira lighthouse shows that this year November is the hottest by 8.7 degrees, which is 2.8 degrees above normal,” says Isaksen. Utsira lighthouse is located in Southwestern Norway.
The previous record was set in 2006 with 8.5 degrees.
The highest maximum temperature was also measured in Møre and Romsdal. It was Tafjord that topped the list, with 18.8 degrees on November 9.
“There have been two county records for maximum temperatures, in Hordaland and Troms,” says Jostein Mamen.
The warmest regions in November were Northern Norway and Trøndelag. The West Coast (Vestlandet), Agder, and Eastern Norway (Østlandet) were the second warmest regions.
It could also have been one of the driest months on record, but then the extreme storm dubbed “Berit” popped up.
“Several stations on the West Coast were likely to measure one of the driest months yet, but then the extreme weather, “Berit,” and her little sister came, and destroyed the chance for this,” said Mamen.
The storm left its mark, and in the north almost ten stations set new records for high water levels.
Source: yr.no / Norway