WSI: Westerly Winds to Continue to Prevail Across Europe During Spring

Still No Sign of Any Imminent North Atlantic Blocking that Would Change “Locked-In” Pattern


Andover, MA, 25 March 2014 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread above-normal temperatures across Scandinavia, UK, and most of mainland Europe for the April-June period, with slightly below-normal temperatures confined to Iberia.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “The Northern Hemispheric winter pattern has been unusually persistent this winter, and many dynamical and statistical models suggest that it will continue well into the spring. For Europe, this means a continuation of the westerly flow pattern that has driven the very wet winter across western Europe and the unusually warm winter across eastern Europe. However, as we approach spring, the westerly pattern off the winter-cooled Atlantic actually becomes cooler, relative to normal, across western Europe than it was in the winter. So we expect more widespread (but not extreme in magnitude) below-normal temperatures across western Europe in April, with continued warmth across the East. This also means the same general distribution of renewable energy supply, that is, wet/windy/cloudy across the north and west and drier/calmer/sunnier across southern latitudes.”

In April, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland – Cooler than normal France/western Germany, warmer than normal elsewhere
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal Iberia to northern Italy, warmer than normal
elsewhere

In May, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

In June, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal southeast, cooler than normal northwest
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

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Contacts:
Linda Maynard
Weather Services International
001-978-983-6715
lmaynard@wsi.com