Norway’s Washout Summer, Farmers Despair at rain, rain, rain

Despite the early heatwave it has been for the most part an increasingly poor wet summer, highlighted best by the Central England Temperatures which have been going down;

Further north, it has of course been far wetter, however nothing like in Western Norway where it’s been very wet in some places for 70 out of 72 (97%!) days as the Jetstream has increasingly taken a sojourn over Northwestern Europe.

Winds at 250hpa. Image courtesy earth.nullschool.net

Norway has indeed had a poor summer;

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8 thoughts on “Norway’s Washout Summer, Farmers Despair at rain, rain, rain

    • Thanks Jimmy. There’s an argument that the rain and cold which caused Euro famines lasting from c. 1314-1322 weakened the population and made them more susceptible for when the black death (plague) came round a couple of decades later. On top of that you have the story of Hansel and Gretel (i.e. cannibalism)

      The fairy tale may have originated in the medieval period of the Great Famine (1315–1321), which caused desperate people to abandon young children to fend for themselves, or even resort to cannibalism.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansel_and_Gretel

      Coincidentally I saw this story the other day (my bold);

      Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona
      […]

      While the warning may ring alarm bells for people who only know of the plague from history books, the findings are not without precedent.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that studies suggest that outbreaks of the plague occasionally occur in southwestern U.S. states like Arizona during cooler summers that follow wet winters

      http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/fleas-testing-positive-plague-parts-arizona/story?id=49177920

      Certainly it’s not a good breeding ground for health.

  1. Denmark has a nice system of if it reaches 25C it is a summer day. I think they made it through July without a single one. Strange in the hottest year the planet has known evah! But that was from the NASA spin machine as opposed to reality as the pleasant early autumn weather continues in the UK.

    • In Norway it has to reach 20C to count as a summers day unlike the rest of the worlds 25C. However, this year we’ve not had many of those here in the west lands of Norway

      • Kevin – thanks didn’t know that. I had heard of only one 30°C day which I believe was back in May but saw something on the yr.no twitter feed commenting on temps reaching 25°C the other day.

        Gerry – I saw that somewhere about Denmark too but it eludes me know. Saw something on Sweden having a poor summer too. Think I’ll do a post soon on the lack of a Scandinavia summer and see how Iceland and Greenland have fared too.

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