January is known as a stormy month.
But this year, January was very stormy.
As many as 26 of the 31 days, there were storms in Norway in January.
But why are there so many storms in January?
We can blame England for that. Or at least the high pressure that has the flames there in January.
Twice as many danger warnings
Martin Granerd, a meteorologist on duty at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, said they had sent out a number of unusual danger alerts in January this year.
In January 2022, they delivered:
For the same month last year submit:
46 gul danger warning
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1 red danger warning
This means that they have sent about twice as many hazard alerts in January this year as last year.
And it’s not without reason.
– We have stable high pressure in the UK. This ensures that the low pressure is controlled straight to Scandinavia, victory spruce red.
Good weather in England causes storms in Norway
And the bad weather we can blame is England.
– We can blame the UK, or at least the high pressure that has a gate in England, say meteorologists.
England has good weather throughout January. And the good weather has pushed the bad weather north to us in Norway.
– This low pressure brings a lot of wind if the storm center develops, meteorologists say.
There is a temperature difference between the south and the north which creates the weather.
In winter, this temperature change is greatest. That’s why we get the strongest storms in winter. It is the temperature difference that rotates the center of the storm.
Because the high pressure had doctors all over the UK for a long time, the low pressure that would pass builds up. They just got in line.
Therefore, it may seem as if the whole of January has become a single long storm. In fact, there are many low pressure differences that characterize the weather.
– If there is low pressure in the queue, you can have a long time with a lot of rainfall, say meteorologists.
– Is this an unusual situation?
– It’s not the first time we’ve had steady high pressure in England, but this time it was special because there was a lot of low pressure left. It’s probably been a while since the last time it was the same, meteorologists said.
Is this the new normal?
When twice as many danger alerts have been sent in January this year than last year, one may wonder what the future holds.
Climate researcher Hanne Heiberg explains that climate models for storms during hurricanes are more uncertain than models for temperature and precipitation far into the future.
But we can expect more intense rainfall in the future. At least in summer.
In winter, there may be less rainfall in the lowlands, more in the highlands, and warmer weather across the fjords.
And the weather was so hot that it shook the weather we’re used to.
– Now it’s getting more intense in both directions, and we’re talking about blocking long-lasting high pressure, providing less rainfall, climate researchers say.
– Can climate change affect its duration because it lasts longer?
“Climate models don’t have a good grip on this yet. But if that’s the case, the chances increase to get long-term stable weather over a longer period of time. Then we can get a larger range of weather, Heiberg said.
And January has been a record month for many. It also has our rain and mild weather records.
With as much as 32 daily rainfall records, boots and umbrellas may be used diligently in some cities.
But at five stations in Viken, record lowest rainfall was measured for January. Low pressure from the west means Austlandet is sheltered.
Sunndalsøra in Møre og Romsdal can boast the highest temperatures in January. On January 24, it measured 13.6 degrees.
In Norway, the temperature is 1.7 degrees above the average for the last 30 years.
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