Last updated
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Type of site
Weather forecasts
Available in Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk),
Northern Sami
Owner Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute
URL http://www.yr.no
LaunchedSeptember 19, 2007
Current statusActive

yr.no is a website and a mobile app for weather forecasting and dissemination of other types of meteorological information hosted by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in collaboration with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The website was launched in September 2007. [1]

The word yr means drizzle in Norwegian. [2]

Information sources

In addition to data from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, yr.no uses open data from various collaborators such as

It also collects information from different types of private weather stations. [3]

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  2. "Bokmålsordboka | Nynorskordboka". ordbok.uib.no. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  3. "Samarbeidspartnere". Yr hjelp og informasjon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2020-03-09.