STORM UPDATE: Wednesday a lot like Tuesday, except not as wet

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There’s still rain in the forecast. Temperatures are still well above freezing. There will be another mid-day helicopter survey of the hillsides. And another early afternoon meeting of emergency officials. And sometime later this afternoon we’ll learn if some or all of us will be allowed to return home.Officials on Tuesday extended an evacuation order until today due to forecasts calling for up to 10 millimeters of precipitation, gusty winds and temperatures up to five degrees Celsius. Wednesday’s forecast calls for drizzle – less than one millimeter is likely between noon and midnight – and winds decreasing to a light breeze. But temperatures are forecast to remain above zero until tomorrow evening – and dip below that only briefly – thus hampering the stabilization of the saturated hillsides surrounding the town.

A total of 259 residents, students and visitors were forced to evacuate residences, dorms and guest lodging Monday and Tuesday due to the risk of landslides due to a near-record rainstorm. That total, updated Wednesday from previously published estimates of 140 people, factors in the students and tourists who were staying in Nybyen, according to Svalbardposten.

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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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2 thoughts on “STORM UPDATE: Wednesday a lot like Tuesday, except not as wet

  1. Formatting in the above comment is a mess, but it links to an article mostly focusing on Svalbard Church Priest Leif Magne Helgesen discussing climate change here and some references to recent events such as our extreme heat and rain.

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