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Home* News and Stories → Febru­a­ry tem­pe­ra­tures in Lon­gye­ar­by­en 15 degrees abo­ve average

Febru­a­ry tem­pe­ra­tures in Lon­gye­ar­by­en 15 degrees abo­ve average

In Febru­a­ry, the average tem­pe­ra­tu­re was no less than 15 degrees abo­ve the long-term average. For weeks, the tem­pe­ra­tures have oscil­la­ted around free­zing. Only the first 10 days, the air was at -10°C or below. Sin­ce then, tem­pe­ra­te Atlan­tic air­mas­ses have moved north to push col­der, arc­tic air­mas­ses fur­ther away.

Meteo­ro­lo­gists have cal­cu­la­ted the average tem­pe­ra­tu­re of Febru­a­ry in Lon­gye­ar­by­en to be -1.2°C. The long-term average for Febru­a­ry is -16.2°C.

It can be assu­med that it is not only the air that is cur­r­ent­ly war­mer than it used to be, but also the waters around Spits­ber­gen. The ice situa­ti­on seems to con­firm this, as lar­ge parts of the waters east and north of Spits­ber­gen are far more open than they usual­ly are at this time of the year. Even inner bran­ches of the fjords such as Tem­pel­fjord and Bill­efjord have not yet real­ly fro­zen over so far.

The cur­rent wea­ther fore­cast for the next 10 days does at least not show any tem­pe­ra­tures abo­ve free­zing. While it was not far below zero in Lon­gye­ar­by­en over the wee­kend, tem­pe­ra­tures at the east coast were said to be near -30°C.

Also in Nor­way, the win­ter has, so far, been far mil­der than it usual­ly is.

Even the small Advent­fjord has not real­ly been fro­zen in several years by now.

Adventfjord, Spitsbergen

Source: NRK

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