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Storm alert: Heavy rain/snow, gale-force winds and ‘severely elevated tides’ Tuesday and Wednesday

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Update at 5:30 p.m.: The forecast for the storm’s severity Tuesday night and Wednesday has been reduced somewhat, with about 16 millimeters of precipitation and winds reaching speeds of up to 50 km/h now expected in Longyearbyen. Top winds speeds in Svalbard are still forecast at 80 km/h and some areas such as Ny-Ålesund have already received heavy precipitation.

Original story: A gale-force storm with winds up to 80 km/h, and heavy rain and snow is expected to reach Svalbard early Tuesday afternoon and last until midday Wednesday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

The storm is expected to dump up to 22 millimeters of precipitation on Longyearbyen, with rain turning to snow overnight. Temperatures are expected to drop from four degrees Celsius to zero degrees by midday Wednesday.

Winds in Longyearbyen are expected to be slightly less severe than more exposed areas of Svalbard.

A weather alert issued from the Troms and Finnmark regions notes the storm could be complicated by “the combination of high astronomical tides in addition to high waves and strong winds at high tide.” The resulting water levels could reach five- to 20-year highs.

Strong winds are forecast to continue through Thursday with temperatures dropping to minus six degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last through next week.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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4 thoughts on “Storm alert: Heavy rain/snow, gale-force winds and ‘severely elevated tides’ Tuesday and Wednesday

  1. Wow, that sounds scary. From Oregon, wishing everyone warmth and safety! Take care. ;-D

    Wow , det høres skummelt . Fra Oregon , som ønsker alle varme og trygghet ! Ta vare .

      1. Sue Konkol: Haha! You flatter & honor me to think I was Norwegian! I live in Salem and am simply fascinated by Svalbard and some of its inhabitants.

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