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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.

It’s all relative: Temperatures 4.5C above normal in Longyearbyen in 2017, but that’s chilly compared to 2016

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OK, for those still unclear on the weather/climate concept: Longyearbyen had a couple of days of chilly weather to end 2017. But the climate here continues to show dramatic long-term change as temperatures during the year were again significantly above average.

In-the-red storm rising: Meteorological institute may eliminate staff at Hopen station, majority at Bjørnøya due to deficits

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Eliminating five of the nine employees at the Bjørnøya Meteorological Station and automating operations at the Hopen station where four people now work is being considered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute to help cope with a long-term deficit, according to the agency’s director.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 20, 2017

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Better efficiency called key part of future energy supply
Buildings in Longyearbyen are so energy inefficient it’s possible to increase population by nearly half, build houses for them and still save energy compared to what Longyearbyen uses today.

Governor issues travel warning after avalanche near Longyearbyen; heavy snow forecast through Tuesday

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An avalanche triggered by heavy snow this weekend forced the temporary closure of a popular snowmobile trail on a glacier just south of Longyearbyen and The Governor of Svalbard said the risk of snowslides in the mountains remains high with more snow forecast through Tuesday.

Slush funk: Svalbard turns into watery winter wasteland with Norway’s highest temperatures

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Temperatures in Svalbard aren’t that far above average – for August.

But being on the opposite side of the calendar year means the high temperatures at various places in the archipelago are – to repeat an oft-used phrase as of late – freakishly warm. The average historical temperature for February at Longyearbyen Airport is minus 16 degrees Celsius, but highs from Sunday through Tuesday were 5.6, 5.9 and 5.4 degrees, respectively, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

From one extreme to the other: Yet another month of record heat in November gives way to -21C this week

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If December’s average temperature in Longyearbyen is minus four degrees Celsius or warmer, the yearly average will be above freezing for the first time in history. But what seemed highly possible a couple of weeks ago now appears highly doubtful with the community plunging into a deep freeze this week.

Hot and wet: Longyearbyen sets precipitation, heat records in October; 71st straight month of above-average temps

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It’s not exactly earth-shattering news that this October was by far the warmest and wettest in Longyearbyen – that part already happened with all the landslides that occurred during the month due to the weird weather.

But some figures beyond the month and beyond Longyearbyen certainly might rattle folks.

Hot and bothered: Longyearbyen’s temperatures more than 10C above normal from December to February

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If you’re feeling like we’re in a god-awful cold spell, stop bitching: this is supposed to be normal weather this time of year. You just haven’t had a chance to get acclimated to it.

Temperatures in Longyearbyen were more than 10 degrees Celsius above normal during the months from December to February, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. That’s part of a general trend across the Arctic that has resulted in record-low sea ice levels (none is expected to form in western Spitsbergen this year), far outpacing a 1.35-degree increase in global temperatures during 2015.