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FIRST SNOW IN LONGYEARBYEN: OK, not the first ever, but locals get mid-August preview of the coming winter as much of the world bakes

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It certainly made plenty of locals happy – and cue the very loud and public shouts of glee from the climate change skeptics about all those recent “Longyearbyen is warming faster than any other place on the planet” headlines.

18 DEGREES ‘HOT’! Longyearbyen maybe warmest place in Norway on Saturday…but ask record setting France (46C) or Alaska (32C) if they’d trade with us

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Longyearbyen, shivering in rain and strong winds while mainland Europe baked this week, is joining the summer heat wave with a sudden jolt Saturday afternoon as the temperature is forecast to rise to 18 degrees Celsius for several hours.

‘No other place in the world is warming up faster than Svalbard’: March will be 100th straight month of above-average Svalbard temperatures, weather service says

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The cold made things interesting by taking the lead during the first half of March, but ultimately was overcome and now will suffer its 100th straight defeat as Svalbard is about to surpass its 100th straight month of above-average temperatures, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

WINDY WHITEOUT: Blizzard puts Longyearbyen on avalanche alert, delays flight to mainland until at least after midnight

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A blizzard resulting in heavy snow and near-zero visibility Monday has triggered an avalanche alert for Longyearbyen, and led to the cancellation of one passenger flight to the mainland and the delay of a second until at least after midnight Tuesday, according to officials.

Classically cold: -30C temps expected Sunday in Longyearbyen, lowest in eight years; but that’s just an ordinary chill for old-timers and won’t break our 97-month above-average streak

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Having survived the “Great Gale” a couple of weeks ago that basically blew compared to long-ago storms that were actually dangerous, Longyearbyen’s booming population of soft newcomers are now bracing for the Cruel Cold on Sunday as temperatures are forecast to drop to a eight-year low of minus 30 degrees Celsius.

STORM ALERT: Gale winds exceeding 80 km/h at times, snow expected from midday Thursday until Friday morning

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A blizzard with strong gale-force winds peaking at more than 80 km/h and up to 6.2 millimeters (potentially 6-12 centimeters) of snow is forecast between noon  and 7 a.m. Friday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

STORMY OUTLOOK: Home at Sverdrupbyen evacuated, Vei 300 closed between Huset and Museumsveien closed due to avalanche risk

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One residence at Sverdrupbyen was evacuated and the road between Huset and Museumsveien closed to all traffic Tuesday afternoon due to avalanche concerns, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

90 degrees north: Longyearbyen nearing century mark of above-average monthly temps; May six degrees above norm

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Aside from the fact 90 is a nice round number, arguably it’s hardly news Longyearbyen has now had seven-and-a-half years of above-average temperatures.

Svalbard is the warmest place in Norway today, the North Pole is above freezing and ‘scientists are freaking out’

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Lest anyone freezing to the south think we’re enjoying a balmy break from winter, people and cars are slipping all over water-covered ice, dozens of snowmobiles are half-submerged in pools of water, lots of windshields are blowing off those snowmobiles and tourists are paying a fortune to slog through vast slush-filled wastelands.

Temperatures soaring to four degrees Celsius during the past 24 hours made Longyearbyen the warmest town in Norway, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute reported Tuesday morning. The freakishly warm weather – although not nearly as freakish as it was even a decade ago, thanks to the rapid onset of climate change – was accompanied by intense rain and winds gusting to gale speeds, resulting in various forms of misery for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t stay indoors.

STORM ALERT: 20-40mm of precipitation, near-gale winds, warm temps, high avalanche risk forecast Saturday

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A storm is expected to dump up to 40 millimeters of precipitation – all or mostly rain – in Longyearbyen on Saturday, causing significant avalanche and flooding risks, according to an alert issued Friday by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.