The polar night is gone as the sun was barely above the horizon at 69 degrees north on Sunday. With the sun comes the cold and the abnormal warm winter in northern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia seems to be over.
This photo of the first sunbeam over Finnmark in northern Norway was taken on Sunday. Then, the sun had been under the horizon since late November. The sun rose just before noon and set again 12 minutes later.
From now, the daylight lasts longer every day and already by mid-March the days are longer in cities like Tromsø and Murmansk than in more southern cities like Oslo and Moscow.
Believing that the sun is back means the heat is on? Not so. With the sun comes the high pressure, also known as the anti-cyclone, and that causes temperatures to drop. So also this year. Temperature in Kautokeino in inner Finnmark was minus 40 degrees Celsius Sunday morning. In Murmansk, on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, temperatures over the last four-five days have been down to minus 35. That is cold. Abnormal freezing Murmansk to be on the Gulf-stream heated Barents Sea coast.
In Levi, the most popular ski-resort in Finnish Lapland, downhill skiing is not very tempting with temperature this weekend down to minus 38.
The freezing Barents Region starting 2014 is succeeding a record warm 2013 with an average temperature in northern Norway 1,7 degrees Celsius warmer than average. Parts of Finnmark had two to three degrees warmer than normal in average over the year, with a peak in early June when temperatures reached up to plus 30.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.