Colder than average autumn in Finnish Lapland

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen in the sky in Ivalo in Finnish Lapland in September 2019. This fall (from September to November) Lapland experienced colder temperatures than usual. (Alexander Kuznetsov/Reuters)
Arctic Finland experienced a colder autumn than usual in 2019 according to statistics from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

In fall, from September to November, Finland’s northernmost Lapland region was approximately 1 C colder than average, according to the statistics, making it the coldest Lapland autumn since 2002.

In November specifically, while southern Finland experienced 1 C milder temperatures than usual, Lapland experienced temperatures around 1 – 2 C colder than usual.

The coldest temperatures in Lapland were measured on November 11 in the municipalities of Enontekiö and Utsjoki  at -30.9 C,

By the end of November, Lapland, along with the nearby regions of Koillismaa and Kainuu, also received around 30-50 cm of snow, about 20 cm more than usual, said an English-language news release from the Finnish Meteorological Institute in December.

Rainy fall in Finland
Rain in Lapland in an undated photo. While the rest of Finland experienced more precipitation than usual, Lapland actually experienced less during the fall 2019 season. (iStock)

But in contrast to the rest of the country, where many regions experienced higher than usual precipitation, especially in central Finland, Lapland actually experienced lower than average participation, the news release said.

In November, the least amount of precipitation was measured in Lapland in Kirakkajärvi, Inari, with 11.1 mm. 

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Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Water levels unusually low across Beaufort Delta region, in northwestern Canada, CBC News

Finland: Cooler summer weather has positive effects in Finland, Yle News

Norway: Temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: June heat wave hits Northern Europe, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Small fires break out due to dry conditions, Radio Sweden

United States: Temperatures nearing all-time records in Southcentral Alaska, Alaska Public Media

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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