Friday, June 17, 2005

Closed roads hit famous fjord hard



Hotels and other businesses around Norway's famed Geiranger Fjord are mighty unhappy these days. Late snows and bad weather have kept roads into the area closed, and that's hurting an already short season. Road crews are normally able to open the main road to Geiranger from Gudbrandsdalen and Grotli in early May. As of this week, it remained closed, with highway officials saying there was still too much snow. Attempts already have been made to bombard the snowmass with water from helicopters, in the hopes that would loosen it up and quicken the meltimg process. It didn't work, and now the local business community is complaining loudly. "This is a disaster," the head of the venerable Union Hotel told one local paper this week. Now Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) is reporting that experts from the country's famed Telemark Battalion are surveying the situation. The idea is to start blasting away the snow and ice with more conventional means. Heavy snows from last winter, coupled with a late spring and summer, are also causing problems for sheep ranchers. Plans to release the animals for mountain grazing are delayed, because of the snow and a lack of grass.

3 Comments:

At June 18, 2005 6:29 AM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

Not on this topic but.
You may have seen this but if not -Winds of Change have an article posted June 17 called Bush Doctrine as Global Development Policy. In that, click on Pentagon's New Map.

Also interesting is pundita.blogspot.com

I would link it but have lost my nerve for a time.

 
At June 18, 2005 5:05 PM, Blogger George said...

Where's global warming when you need it?

 
At June 18, 2005 6:24 PM, Blogger Dymphna said...

This is hard to imagine...the Baron's dream vacation is Iceland in the summer, but this puts it to shame...

Here, the roses are blooming and we need rain...

 

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