Arctic Spring

We we say it’s a beautiful spring day, we don’t mean green grass and budding flowers.  This is what 71 degrees north looks like, six days before the calendar reads May 1st.

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It’s getting hot up here… 9 Degrees Celsius!

On days like today, those of us who call the North Cape our home, can’t help but smiling.  With the air temperatures around 9 degrees Celsius (48 F) and lots and lots of sun, we are breaking out our short sleeve shirts and shorts.

May 28, 2014, Honningsvåg Harbor
May 28, 2014, Honningsvåg Harbor

And with the midnight sun, well, we’re breaking out the bubbly and making the most of 24/7 daylight.

Midnight sun, North Cape, Nordkapp
Midnight sun, North Cape, Nordkapp
Sunlight at 11 pm
Sunlight at 11 pm

 

Spring in the North Cape = Snow, Sun, Rain, Clouds…

In May, the weather changes by the minute with temperatures slightly above freezing.  A fast-moving snow storm blows through coating all in white, but a half hour later the snow has melted on the streets and walkways.   Yes, this is May 5th in the North Cape:

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Gray is Ok

The weather has taken a little turn: Temperatures above freezing, wind and occasional rain showers. Which means that some areas are no longer ski-friendly 🙂 but it also means that my son can skip rocks in the ocean and my daughters can look for treasures.

Spring, North Cape, Nordkapp

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And I have to admit that I’m not upset to see tufts of grass sticking up through the snow.  Spring is on it’s way!

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We are so blessed to live surrounded by mountains and the sea.  There is beauty all around.  The low tide created lovely patterns in the sand, with puddles of water reflecting the shifting sky.  More treasures from the sea.

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A Norwegian’s idea of Perfect Easter Weather

In Norway, we have an expression that you might be unfamiliar with, depending on where you live in the world…. it’s called “perfect Easter weather” (perfekte påskevær).  We don’t mean green grass, daffodils and tulips, and short sleeves.  We mean this:

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Snow, sun and little or no wind… perfect weather for Norwegians to enjoy during their week of Easter vacation at their cabins, skiing, snowmobiling and spending time outdoors.

Today’s conditions are what we like to call perfect Easter weather.

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Hope it continues through next week….

14 hours of daylight.. soon to be 24

The midnight sun is just around the corner.  In the next 6 weeks we will go from 14 hours of daylight to 24/7.  Today the sun rises at 5:15 am and will set at 7:25 pm.  This is the view from our house.. sun and snow, lots and lots of snow.

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