Nature

Ark of Noah, a.k.a. "VerhalenArk", crashes in Urk, Netherlands
Jan 3 '18 15:40

A Bible-themed floating museum meant to be a replica of Noah's Ark went adrift from the port of Urk early Wednesday afternoon. The VerhalenArk, also called the "Ark of Noah" in English, crashed into several ships in the harbor along the shore of the IJsselmeer lake.

Several people and animals were aboard the vessel at the time it broke free of its moorings, De Stentor reported. Seven people were rescued off the museum, but the animals remained into the evening.

Alpaca found in Haarlem, Noord-Haarlem by Dutch police
Jan 3 '18 14:37

A stray alpaca was picked up by police working in the historic center of Haarlem late Tuesday night. The animal was captured , and it was determined to be in good condition.

"This sweet Alpaca was found last night in the center of Haarlem. Who can give us information about where this animal belongs?" police said on Twitter.

Truck rollover crash closes part of the A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht
Jan 3 '18 12:10

Strong winds and high seas in the Netherlands on Wednesday forced the closure of two storm surge barriers around Rotterdam and another in Zeeland. The Maeslantkering, said to be one of the three largest moving structures in the world, protects the second largest city in the Netherlands from flooding.

Scheduled for closure at 2:10 p.m., the Maeslantkering had not closed since a late night storm on November 8, 2007. That was the first time a storm triggered its closure since it went operational in an inauguration ceremony led by Queen Beatrix. 

Pedestrians fight the wind in Amsterdam, 3 Jan 2018
Jan 3 '18 10:19

Meteorological institute KNMI increased its from a code yellow to a code orange for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, and the Wadden islands. Very strong winds up to 130 kilometers are expected.

A code yellow warning is still in effect for the rest of the country. 

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Jan 3 '18 08:39

The storm moving over the Netherlands on Wednesday already resulted in 150 canceled flights at Schiphol airport. 

Schiphol canceled 75 arrivals and 75 departures. That is around 20 percent of the flights scheduled at the airport today, RTL Nieuws reports.

Flight delays are also expected, and travelers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Blown down tree lands on a car in Rotterdam, 3 Jan 2017
Jan 3 '18 08:10

With the, the first storm damage reports of the year are also coming in. According to Weerplaza, a gust of 141 kilometers per hour was measured in Vlissingen early on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Jan 3 '18 07:30

The first storm of the year is hitting the Netherlands today. A code yellow weather warning is in effect for the entire country. Meteorological institute KNMI warns of gusts of wind that can reach up to 110 kilometers per hour. 

Luggage check at Schiphol airport
Jan 2 '18 16:45

Some 59 flights scheduled to depart on Wednesday from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were cancelled with that day. All departures were scheduled to take off between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

A further 59 arrivals, set to land on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. were also scrapped.

Structural Ice team from TU/Eindhoven, TU/Delft, and China
Jan 2 '18 12:22

A team of Dutch and international led by the Technical University - Eindhoven were putting the finishing touches on a gigantic tower of ice under construction since December 13 in Harbin, China. Dubbed the "Flamenco Ice Tower", the 30-meter tall structure was planned for the city's annual ice festival, and included six illuminated staircases made of transparent ice blocks to allow visitors to explore the shell structure.

Cold morning in Rietlandpark in Amsterdam Oost, 7 Dec 2017
Jan 2 '18 08:50

Heavy gusts of winds reaching 110 kilometers per hour are predicted for Tuesday night, in advance of even fiercer gales during the Wednesday morning rush hour. A code yellow weather warning was already in place for the first storm of 2018 a full 24 hours in advance of its expected arrival, national meteorological office KNMI announced.

Tourists line up for canal boat tours in Amsterdam
Dec 30 '17 12:23

Periodic rain showers could dampen New Year's celebrations on Sunday night and Monday morning, according to several weather forecasts for the Netherlands. Southern border provinces can expect high temperatures of 13 degrees, while the rest of the country could peak at 12 degrees, the Dutch national weather service KNMI stated. This could break the New Year's Day warm weather record of 12.3 degrees set in 2006.

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Dec 29 '17 07:51

Motorists are warned to be careful of slippery roads this morning, caused by wet areas on the roads freezing overnight. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.

"Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns. Slow down and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings." The iciness should melt away by around 10:00 a.m.

Tire tracks in melting snow
Dec 28 '17 11:20

Snow lovers in the Netherlands are in for a pleasant surprise tomorrow. Snow is expected for Friday, starting in the southwest of the country around mid-morning, Weeronline reports.

Today will be partly cloudy with some showers, and maybe some wet snow. Afternoon temperatures will range from 2 degrees in the east to 5 degrees along the coast. Though Weeronline warns that the ambient temperatures across the country will feel just below freezing.

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Dec 28 '17 10:40

This year will go into the weather record books as exceptionally hot, sunny and rainy. The average temperature measured in De Bilt this year is 10.9 degrees, compared to an usual average of 10.1 degrees. That puts 2017 in a shared fourth place in the top 10 list of hottest years ever measured in the Netherlands, Weeronlnie announced on Thursday.

Air-pollution
Dec 27 '17 14:30

On Wednesday the court in The Hague ruled against Milieudefensie in a lawsuit filed by the environmental group to force the Dutch government to take more measures to reduce air pollution. According to the court, the Dutch State is taking sufficient measures to improve air quality, NU.nl reports.

Fireworks over Roermond, 1 Jan 2017
Dec 27 '17 11:10

The rest of the week will be cold in the Netherlands, with a chance of wet snow, according to Weerplaza. The weekend will be milder, with a 50/50 chance of rain on New Year's, Weeronline reports.

A low-pressure area is passing almost directly over the Netherlands today, which will result in lots of clouds and rain, according to Weerplaza. On Wednesday night temperatures will drop to 4 or 5 degrees along the coast and to 2 degrees further inland as storms drift into the country from the North Sea. 

Christmas tree
Dec 25 '17 07:23

Christmas day in the Netherlands will be predominantly cloudy with some light rain in the morning, according to meteorological institute KNMI. There is no chance of snow.

Afternoon temperatures will climb to a relatively mild 9 degrees Celsius. And a moderate to strong south-westerly wind will blow in the afternoon.

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 22 '17 12:00

Foggy weather is again causing flight delays and cancellations at Schiphol airport on Friday. Schiphol warns travelers to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Schiphol already reports a few delayed arrivals and departures for Friday. A large number of departures have also been canceled.

"Due to fog, today's flights may be delayed or canceled. Travelers are advised to consult the latest status of their flight via our website, the Schiphol App, or to contact their airline", the airport writes on Twitter. 

The tall clipper ship Stad Amsterdam outside the Scheepvaartmuseum shrouded in fog, 21 Dec 2017
Dec 21 '17 11:25

The coastal provinces in the Netherlands are currently covered in thick fog. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for poor visibility. Schiphol airport warns travelers to check for delays before leaving for the airport

Christmas tree in Havelte
Dec 19 '17 11:40

For the seventh year in a row, the Netherlands will not have snow on Christmas, according to Weeronline. The weather for Monday is expected to be stormy due to a strong southwest wind, but relatively mild, the weather service reports.

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Dec 15 '17 16:50

This weekend the Netherlands may see a bit of winter again, according to Weerplaza. There will be several rain showers over the weekend, which may include some light snow. During the early hours of Sunday morning, it may even snow enough to turn the ground white for a while, the weather service expects.

Salt truck deployed to deal with icy roads in Amsterdam, 15 Dec 2017
Dec 15 '17 07:43

Motorists across most of the Netherlands should be careful of icy and slippery roads on Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Drenthe, Groningen and Overijssel.

The ice on the roads should melt away during the course of the morning. 

Friday will be cloudy in many places, especially inland. The coastal areas and the south of the country may see some rain. Afternoon temperatures will range between 3 and 5 degrees, with a moderate wind during the morning and weak in the afternoon.

Tire tracks in melting snow
Dec 13 '17 07:31

Motorists are warned to be careful of slippery roads this morning, caused by melting snow that froze again overnight. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code yellow weather warning for all provinces except for Zeeland. After heavy snowfall on Monday caused two days of chaos at Dutch airports, most flights are now departing and landing on schedule.

According to the KMNI, the ice on the roads will melt away as temperatures increase during the course of the morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the institute warns. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. 

Snow plows clear Schiphol's runways, 12 Dec 2017
Dec 12 '17 17:40

Schiphol airport is still struggling with delayed and canceled flights after Monday's heavy snowfall. The runways have been cleared of snow, so the number of takeoffs and landings at the airport is almost back to normal. But as many stranded passengers of the are still at the airport waiting for an alternative flight, Schiphol is currently very crowded.

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