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Street floo­ded in Advent­da­len

The extre­me wea­ther in the north Atlan­tic has brought this sec­tor of the Arc­tic again into inter­na­tio­nal media. A strong low pres­su­re is pum­ping warm air up north, resul­ting in unusual­ly high tem­pe­ra­tures in Sval­bard and the cen­tral Arc­tic. In Lon­gye­ar­by­en, the mer­cu­ry went up to almost 9°C, making it war­mer than in parts of cen­tral Euro­pe at the same time. Strong rain­fall did not make it nicer, with up to 50 mm wit­hin two days in Ny Åle­sund.

Warm air incur­si­ons in mid­win­ter are a more or less regu­lar phe­no­me­non in the mari­ti­me cli­ma­te of Sval­bard, but the cur­rent event is qui­te strong.

The com­bi­na­ti­on of mild tem­pe­ra­tures and rain lets the snow melt and the rivers flow. In Lon­gye­ar­by­en, a litt­le bridge local­ly known as Per­le­por­ten, a walk­way across the river com­ing out of Vann­led­nings­da­len, is cur­r­ent­ly clo­sed by the aut­ho­ri­ties. His­to­ri­cal­ly, meltwa­ter avalan­ches com­ing out of Vann­led­nings­da­len have been fatal on occa­si­ons. In June 1953, several buil­dings were dama­ged and three peop­le died.

Now, several tri­bu­ta­ry rivers in Advent­da­len are floo­ding the road, making traf­fic impos­si­ble. The public is asked to avoid any unne­cessa­ry traf­fic.

The river in Bol­terda­len is usual­ly fro­zen and dry in win­ter. Now it is floo­ding the road in Advent­da­len after days of thawing tem­pe­ra­tu­re and rain.

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Source: local social net­works

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