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Flash-back of the Gudrun days

2011 ended with a bang – a storm named Dagmar hit Sweden with force, together with the storm Cato.

An uprooted tree on an Iron Age settlement, Medelpad 2011

Between 2005-2007 I worked with the effects on ancient monuments and remains after two other storms; Gudrun (2005) & Per(2006). Gudrun herself was responsible for damages on at least 75 million cubic meters of forest. In Kronoberg county in the southern parts of Sweden more than 900 ancient remains or monuments were damaged in some part, in 180 cases the damages was thought to be serious enough to do efforts to do some kind of archaeological restoration.

Dagmar weren’t quite so vicious as Gudrun but managed to damage ca 4,5 million cubic meters of forest, most in Medelpad in Västernorrland county and in Hälsingland. Currently I work at the Administrative board of Västernorrland county so me and a couple of others went on a small excursion around the city Sundsvall to see how and if the storm had affected the ancient remains. We visited about 10 places, some we knew were damaged, some due to their location. Seven of these were affected in some way or another, mainly by uprooted trees and trees laying upon the remains. This was a flash-back of the Gudrun days.

An uprooted tree between two houses of cultural historic value, Medelpad 2011

Info sign among storm felled trees, on Iron Age Settlement, Medelpad 2011

Uprooted trees on an Iron Age grave field, Medelpad 2011

Four uprooted trees on arow on an Iron Age grave field, Medelpad 2011

How much damage has been inflicted is difficult to estimate at this stage, both concerning the specific places we visited and how many in the County that has been affected. Before such estimations can be done the storm felled trees must first be removed and a survey be done.

The snow makes it more diffcult to see the monuments, here an Iron Age mound that made it through the storm without damages.

Let’s hope the damages aren’t all that severe, as in this last case.

Where in Sweden are we - see the red ring

Magnus Reuterdahl

A letter of discontent

Discontent with the weather gods that is! Come storm, come rain, come thunder – whatever have I done to piss of the weather gods? The last few days I’ve been working a few miles east north east of Halmstad with a survey and it’s been pouring down, add to that winds of 15-20 m/s and some thunder and you don’t really want to be outdoors.

A Swedish saying goes “There’s no bad whether, only poor choice of clothes” – to that I say bah! double bah! and triple bah! Even if your rain coat happens to actually keep the rain from your body, they work like a sauna and you’ll end up wet anyways, and if you’re wet you’re bound to be cold – and so I got.

When you’re working outdoors during stormy days, it really wears you out, not so much the wind but the constant sound of the wind; it’s like working by a jet-engine all day long – and then you’ll need to keep a look out for falling branches and trees! After a day like this all you want is to get dry and warm – so I’ll go get myself another cup of coffee and pray for sunny day tomorrow.

Magnus Reuterdahl

Storm report 2008

The storm never reached the feared strength over Kronoberg County, though ca 3300 household was with out power for a time. Some trees have fallen due to the storm, though there are no reports concerning damaged ancient monuments as yet.

The storm was originally reported as Hugo, but as the storm never reached the feared strength it never got named.

Though we don’t know of any damages of ancient monuments in Kronobergs County the strongest storm gusts has been reported in Västra Götaland, the northern parts of Jönköping and Kalmar County and in Östergötland.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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