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


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.

Frighteningly ordinary: Record high temperatures in 2016 nothing new for Longyearbyen or Earth


At this point it’s not really news to set a record-high temperature for a month or year since it’s an ongoing thing in Longyearbyen and much of the rest of the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less alarming for experts analyzing the long-term trends after the town’s warmest and wettest year in recorded history.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 2, 2016


July sets another local heat record, plus record rainfall
A year of record-breaking temperatures in Longyearbyen continued in July as the city experienced its first-ever recorded month where 11 days were more than 10 degrees Celsius, according to Torgeir Mørk, a meteorological official at Svalbard Airport.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 4, 2015


There will be a discussion about ‘neger’ names, after all
Now that it’s gotten worldwide attention, a discussion about whether Svalbard has three locations with racist names is planned this fall by the Norwegian Polar Institute’s naming committee.

Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday


Two weeks after a blizzard pounded Svalbard with hurricane-force winds, a slightly less powerful sequel is scheduled to arrive Saturday night and continue until Monday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.