Nature

Gloomy skies above Amsterdam Centrum
Sep 5 '18 14:49

The provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht were faced with heavy rainfall on Wednesday. The A20 to Rotterdam had to be closed for several hours due to flooding. Streets in various places were also under water, NU.nl reports.

Public works department Rijkswaterstaat closed the A20 highway at the Kleinpolderplein junction around 11:00 a.m. because the road surface was under water to such an extent that it was unsafe to drive over it. The highway was reopened around 1:15 p.m.

Cloudy day along Entrepotkade, Amsterdam Oost, 4 Sept 2018
Sep 4 '18 12:10

Storms are heading to the southern and central parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning.

The warning is in place for Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Utrecht, Noord-Brabant, and Zeeland from 3:00 p.m. until the evening.

"Chance of thunderstorms with lots of rain in a short time", the KNMI warns. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings."

Marker Wadden island
Aug 30 '18 16:00

The first island of the Marker Wadden will open to the public next week. From September 8th visitors can make use of the port, hiking trials, bird watching huts and the observation tower on the 250 hectares large island, RTL Nieuws reports.

Throughout next weekend extra ferries will sial to the island from the Bataviahaven in Lelystad. Private boats are also welcome. 

Farmsum, in the municipality of Delfzijl
Aug 28 '18 16:30

Activists blocked access to NAM's Tankenpark in Farmsum, Groningen on Tuesday morning in a protest against gas extraction in the province. According to action group Code Rood, more than 700 people gathered at the gates. The group wants to block the entrance for several days, ANP reports.

The_sun1
Aug 27 '18 14:50

It's hard to tell with Monday starting out gray and dreary, but the summer is not yet over for the Netherlands. Late summer weather, with temperatures above 20 degrees and maybe even as high as 30 degrees, is heading to the Netherlands from Sunday, Weeronline expects.

Flickr_-_Bakar_88_-_Partly_Cloudy
Aug 24 '18 13:50

Maximum temperatures in De Bilt will not reach 20 degrees on Friday, bringing an end to a record long streak of nationally warm days in the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza.

A national warm day is when maximums reach at least 20 degrees at the national weather station in De Bilt. That has been the case everyday from June 25th till August 23rd - 60 consecutive warm days. The previous record was 53 warm days in 2003.

Boiler
Aug 23 '18 11:30

The growth in sales of sustainable heating methods is leveling off, while traditional central heating boilers are still in high demand. The share of boilers in new buildings even increased significantly, according to a report by environmental organization Natuur & Milieu and grid managers Stedin and Alliander, ANP reports.

Raganello gorge in Italy
Aug 21 '18 09:21

At least 11 hikers were killed in a sudden flood in the southern Italian region of Calabria. They were in the Raganello gorge when a river overflowed due to heavy rainfall. Local reports say that one Dutch was injured, NOS reports.

Many of the hikers were dragged along by the strong currents. The victims include at least four men and four women. Two people are still missing. 23 people were brought to safety, of whom seven were taken to hospital.

Ambulance
Aug 21 '18 07:31

A 7-year-old boy died on Monday after being attacked by a cow on small campsite De Koehoorn in the Zeeland village of Meliskerke, the police said on Twitter.

Emergency services responded to the campsite, which is located on a farm, en masse. But their attempts to save the boy was in vain. He died at the scene. Bystanders were offered victim assistance. 

View of Vlissingen, seen across the Westerschelde from the Breskens marina
Aug 20 '18 14:00

An oil spill was discovered off the coast of Vlissingen this weekend. The spill in the Westerschelde is believed to originate from Spyros Armenakis, a Greek ship that sank 800 meters off the Vlissingen boulevard in 1965, Omroep Zeeland reports.

The ship still had fuel on it when it sank. The fuel was largely pumped out years ago, but a small amount remained. Some of it also leaked out four years ago.

Sunscreen
Aug 20 '18 13:10

Maximum temperatures in De Bilt climbed to 20 degrees on Saturday, making it the 100th national warm day in the Netherlands this summer, according to Weerplaza. Weeronline currently expects that the average maximum temperature in De Bilt this summer will come out at 19.1 degrees, which means that this summer is also the hottest summer since historical temperature measurements started in 1706.

Maas River, Rotterdam
Aug 17 '18 07:52

The rainfall over the past week was not enough to solve the precipitation deficit in the Netherlands, according to the national water distribution committee LCW. The drought measures will therefore remain in place. The quality of the surface water is also decreasing, NU.nl reports.

There's an increase of botulism and blue-green algae all over the country. The number of fish dying due to the poor water quality is also increasing. 

Forest
Aug 16 '18 13:10

Twelve Dutch municipalities teamed up with nature organization IVN to plant tiny forests in their towns or cities this autumn. According to IVN, tiny forests make urban areas greener, and contribute to biodiversity and water storage during heavy rainfall, NOS reports.

kid-drowning580
Aug 16 '18 10:50

A total of 86 residents of the Netherlands drowned in the country last year, the , according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. This number has been around 80 for years.

The number of drownings in the Netherlands decreased significantly since 1950, when there were over 500 drownings. In total nearly 15 thousand Dutch have drowned since then. 

The_sun1
Aug 15 '18 11:50

After this year's hot summer, the Netherlands and the rest of the world can expect another four unusually warm years, according to a new statistical analysis of the world temperature by Sybren Drijfhout of the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and French colleague Florian Sevellec from the University of Brest, the Volkskrant reports.

vrouwenpolder
Aug 15 '18 07:52

The warm and dry weather in the Netherlands resulted in fewer Dutch going on summer holiday abroad. In June 8 percent and July 5.5 percent fewer people booked a holiday through a travel agency, compared to the same months last year, sector organization ANVR said, NOS reports.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
Aug 14 '18 07:40

Flooded streets and traffic problems were the result of heavy rains in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon and night. Oost-Brabant and the Nijmegen-Arnhem region were most affected. Between 20 and 40 millimeters of rain fell in a short period in the east and west of the country, AD reports.

vrouwenpolder
Aug 13 '18 08:40

So far this year the Netherlands had 51 summer days - days on which temperatures climbed to 25 degrees or higher in De Bilt, according to Weeronline. 2006 also had 51 summer days, but spread over the entire year.

Sunday was the 51st summer day of 2018. Only one more hot day is needed to break the 2006 record. This may happen on Wednesday or Thursday, when maximums of around 25 degrees are expected. Temperatures also often climb to above 25 degrees in late August and September, according to Weeronline. In 2006 the 51st summer day only happened on September 22nd.

Wild strawberry
Aug 10 '18 15:10

If the Netherlands' average temperature rises by 3 degrees due to global warming, the country will be too hot for nearly 500 plant species, according to research Wageningen University published on Thursday. That is around 40 percent of all plant species in the country, ANP reports.

Plants that will disappear with 3 degree temperature increase include the wild strawberry, the Gentiana cruciata, the Linnaea borealis and the Cornus suecica, according to the researchers.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
Aug 10 '18 14:20

The Groningen city of Appingedam was hit by two earthquakes in two days time. The earthquakes happened on Wednesday and Thursday, and both registered 1.9 on the Richter scale, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

Multiple people reported feeling the quakes, Dagblad van het Noorden reports. Some also reported hearing a bang with Thursday's earthquake.

Over the past two weeks there were eight small earthquakes in the gas extraction area in Groningen:

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Aug 10 '18 09:31

The Dutch Rescue Brigade is extra busy this year with helping swimmers who get into trouble. In the hot period between July 2nd and August 5th, the rescue brigade responded to help swimmers 3,259 times, compared to 3,800 times in the entire summer of 2017. Director Koen Breedveld blames this mainly on decreasing swimming skills, he said to newspaper AD.

Storm clouds
Aug 10 '18 08:01

A summer storm that blew across the Netherlands overnight was less severe than the weather services expected. Meteorological institute KNMI withdrew its just after 11:30 p.m., earlier than expected, RTL Nieuws reports.

Aug 9 '18 14:50

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange warning for very strong winds in the western parts of the country. On Thursday night and early on Friday morning gusts between 80 and 110 kilometers per hour are expected.

The code orange warning applies to Zeeland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland and the Wadden islands. A code yellow warning applies to the rest of the country, where wind speeds are expected to reach between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour. 

Gewitter_Thunderstorm
Aug 9 '18 10:10

A summer storm will hit the Netherlands on Thursday, according to Weeronline. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds during the evening.

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