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Scientists Baffled By Massive Rainfall Near The Arctic

Over 10cm of rain fell on a village at the edge of the Arctic Circle, an amount usually seen in tropical rainforests of Brazil or Indonesia

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Freak storm dumps 100mm of rain in one hour in Norway.

Norwegian scientists are scratching their heads in bewilderment as a rainstorm dumps 100mm of rain in one hour on the village of of Ogndal. An amount usually seen in tropical jungles and not on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

The Independent reports:

The downpour, which left farm animals petrified and meteorologists scratching their heads, is believed to have shattered records for the area, the Local has reported.

More than a month’s rain fell in 60 minutes and the precipitation more than doubled a record-breaking storm in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, last summer.

Government meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told national broadcaster NRK: “This just does not happen in Norway, we have a hard time believing that it’s true.

“It’s not that we doubt the observations, but it is absolutely amazing. These are figures that you only normally see in the jungle.”

An estimated 102mm of rain bucketed down in an hour, followed by hail that left a layer of ice across the area.

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The area, about 80 miles north of Trondheim, has no official monitoring stations, but Fagerli said it was almost certainly a record. The unofficial record for the country is believed to be between 80 and 90mm in an hour.

Kristin Wåtland Delbekk, a farmer and tourist guide who has lived in the village for 28 years said that she had never seen anything like it.

She told the Local: “It was horrible. There was such a lot of rain in one hour. It was so strange for us. The animals were really afraid, the cows don’t understand what was happening.”

On average, 74mm of rain falls in the area in July.

Flooding hit Oslo after 44.5mm of rain fell in an hour last June, smashing the 1937 record of 41.5mm.

The most rainfall ever recorded in one hour was 305mm in 42 minutes in Holt, Missouri, in the US, in 1947.

 

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