Nature

Traffic in Arnhem from Snow
Jan 22 '19 18:26

It was a record-setting day in The Netherlands on Tuesday, but in a particularly good way. Traffic jams stuffed up 2,287 kilometers of Dutch roadways, what traveler's association ANWB called a new record.

The jams were nearly double that which was recorded on November 1, the worst date of 2018.

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB. A snow storm that started on the west coast in the morning was slowly making its way east, and was still expected to hover over the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Limburg, and parts of Flevoland and Noord-Brabant past 6 p.m.

Schiphol's snow fleet clearing snow off the airport's runways, 22 Jan 2019
Jan 22 '19 14:00

The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is temporarily closed on Tuesday due to snowfall. The fire department is at the airport to clear snow off the runways, but did not have much success, a spokesperson said to RTV Rijnmond. The airport will assess the situation again after 2:00 p.m. and decide whether it can reopen.

At least one incoming flight was redirected to Schiphol due to the closure, according to the broadcaster. A few departing flights have been delayed

Snowman
Jan 22 '19 10:40

The first snow of the season started falling in Vlissingen around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. "Nicely according to the plans", Weerplaza said. Meteorological institute KNMI expects that around 3 centimeters of snow will fall in the Netherlands on Tuesday, and issued a code yellow warning of icy roads. 

Ice forming on a waterway in Amsterdam’s Schellingwoude neighborhood, 21 Jan 2019
Jan 22 '19 07:27

The Netherlands is expected to get some snow this morning, and this will likely cause problems with all forms of travel. NS and ProRail are running fewer trains, Schiphol warns of flight delays, and public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects traffic problems, especially during evening rush hour. A code yellow warning for slick roads is in effect for the entire country.  

Clear skies made the Super Blood Wolf Moon visible across most of The Netherlands, 21 Jan 2019
Jan 21 '19 12:20

Clear skies meant that those who managed to get up early enough got a clear view of the Super Blood Wolf Moon in most of the Netherlands early on Monday morning. The moonlight started changing color around 3:36 a.m., and the total eclipse started around 5:41 a.m., reaching its peak at 6:12 a.m.

Snow plows clear Schiphol's runways, 12 Dec 2017
Jan 21 '19 11:30

The Netherlands is expected to get its first proper snowfall of this winter on Tuesday. This could cause cancellations for flights from, to or through Amsterdam, KLM warns. Heavy traffic is also expected during rush hour on Tuesday morning and evening, NU.nl reports.

Skaters take to the ice in the Onlanden nature reserve in Drenthe, at the Groningen border. 20 January 2019
Jan 21 '19 10:40

This winter's first skating marathon on natural ice will happen in Haaksbergen on Monday night. The ice on skating club IJSCH's rink was between 4 and 5 centimeters thick on Monday morning, thick enough for a marathon, national skating union KNSB announced on Twitter.

The marathon will start at 7:00 p.m. for women and 8:00 p.m. for men. Last year Simon Schouten and Manon Kamminga won the season's first skating marathon on natural ice, NU.nl reports.

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Jan 21 '19 08:52

Emergency services responded en masse to the marina at the Nederrijn in Wageningen on Sunday after two reports of a rowboat capsizing. Rescue workers searched for possibly missing rowers in the water for hours, but found nothing, De Gelderlander reports.

Slick roads in Amsterdam Oost before the morning rush hour, 21 Jan 2019
Jan 21 '19 07:57

Motorists in the Netherlands are warned to be careful of slick roads when commuting to work on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. "All traffic participants can be hindered. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", KNMI warns.

Temperatures dropped to between -5 degrees along the coast and -10 degrees inland overnight, freezing wet areas on the roads. The iciness should melt away by 11:00 a.m., according to the meteorological institute.

Bikes pared on an Amsterdam bridge
Jan 18 '19 15:10

The municipality of Amsterdam aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 55 percent in 2030 and 95 percent in 2050, when compared to the emission levels in 1990. The city also aims to be completely off natural gas by 2040. To help achieve this goal, Amsterdam is pushing 150 million euros into a Climate Fund for the period 2019 to 2025, the city announced in a press release.

Lunar eclipse
Jan 18 '19 14:29

As Earth’s orbit crosses directly between the Sun and Moon on Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse should be fully visible in The Netherlands. Clear skies are predicted for most of the country from midday Sunday all the way up to about noon on Monday.

If the clouds cooperate, the full eclipse will begin at 5:41 a.m. and maximum coverage will occur at 6:12 a.m. The full eclipse will end about a half-hour later.

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Jan 18 '19 07:29

Commuters in the Netherlands must be extra careful when driving to work on Friday morning. The roads can be icy due to wet areas freezing overnight, and due to winter showers in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, meteorological institute KNMI warns. 

A code yellow warning is in effect for the entire country, except the Wadden Islands, until 10:00 a.m. "All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI warns.

Skating on natural ice in Zevenhuizen
Jan 17 '19 08:46

The Netherlands is in for cold weather in the coming week, with night time temperatures dropping below zero and maximums climbing to only just above freezing. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, starting from Thursday evening. 

Thursday will be partly cloudy with winter showers, which may be accompanied by thunderstorms, according to the KNMI. In the afternoon there is a chance of wet snow. Between the showers, maximums will climb to around 5 degrees. During the showers, the temperature can drop to 1 degree Celsius. 

Balloons
Jan 16 '19 09:38

The Zeist city council decided to ban the release of balloons in the municipality. According to the council, it only causes litter in the environment. "These balloon remains are eaten by fish, birds and other animals and that causes animal suffering", the council said. RTL Nieuws reports.

The motion was accepted by a large majority on Tuesday evening. Zeist will add the ban on releasing balloons to the city's General Local Regulations.

Schools, businesses and associations will be informed of the ban, and the harmful consequences of releasing balloons, as soon as possible. 

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Jan 16 '19 09:07

The business community will pay their "fair" share in the implementation of the climate agreement, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during question hour in parliament. The Prime Minister was called to parliament by GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver. He believes that in the negotiations on the climate agreement the government, like with the scrapping of dividend tax, listened too much to the business community, NOS reports.

Avalanche
Jan 15 '19 16:40

A 45-year-old Dutch man died in a skiing accident in France on Monday. The man was skiing outside the designated track with his son and a friend when he was hit by two avalanches. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail, the mountain police in Modane, Savoie said to newspaper AD.

A snow covered bicycle in Amsterdam
Jan 15 '19 08:18

While the winter has been pretty mild so far, colder days are ahead, according to Buienradar. The coming nights will all drop below freezing, and there is even a chance of snow from Thursday, Dennis Wilt of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. 

"It's getting colder, with a few nights of frost in a row. And that will probably last for a while", Wilt said. "We'll get frost nationwide." There will also be some ice forming on the canals and lakes, but not thick enough to skate on, he added. 

Humpback whale
Jan 11 '19 14:00

Two humpback whales were spotted swimming off the Dutch coast on Thursday afternoon. The first was seen off the coast of Scheveningen, and a second animal was spotted off the coast near Bergen aan Zee, SOS Dolfijn reports.

An adult humpback can grow up to 18 meters tall. The animals are adventurous and can manage well in shallow waters, such as those on the Dutch coast. According to SOS Dolfijn, there is therefore no reason to worry that the two whales are in trouble. 

MSC Zoe
Jan 10 '19 10:45

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is launching an investigation into what consequences small plastic particles that ended up in the Wadden sea after 291 containers fell off a ship in the North Sea last week will have for animals in the area. The investigation will be done in cooperation with scientific institute Waddenacademie in Leeuwarden. The results will also show which measures can be taken so that the Wadden Sea is better protected, NU.nl reports.

Bald chickens at a Dutch poultry farm
Jan 8 '19 15:10

Animal Rights released a new video showing abuses on Dutch chicken farms. The video shows bald and weakened laying hens that can hardly walk. It also shows dead chickens in the stables, some in an advance state of decomposition.

This new video was filmed with hidden cameras in Flevoland, Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Limburg and Vlaanderen, according to L1. The Limburg locations concern stables in Nederweert and Oirlo, the regional broadcaster reports. 

Crowds jamming Amsterdam buses on a windy day, 8 Jan 2019
Jan 8 '19 11:56

Waterboards in the northern parts of the country have started closing dikes as a stormy wind blows across the Netherlands on Tuesday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for a large part of the country. The strong winds warning is in effect until at least 9:00 p.m.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Jan 8 '19 07:32

The Netherlands is facing strong winds on Tuesday. As a result, some flights to and from Schiphol airport may be delayed or canceled, the airport warns. Dutch airline KLM already canceled 159 return flights on Schiphol due to the weather conditions.

A large number of arrivals at Schiphol are already delayed, as is a handful of departures. The cancelations are still mainly KLM flights. The airport urges travelers to check their flight status with their airline or on the Schiphol site or app before leaving for the airport.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Jan 7 '19 14:50

Meteorological institute KNMI warns of possibly stormy weather heading to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Strong winds can be expected starting in the early hours of the morning, especially in the coastal areas.

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