WSI Expects Bitter Cold to Reappear in February after Brief Respite

Cold Pattern Likely to Persist into March

Andover, Massachusetts, USA, 20 January 2010 — WSI expects temperatures for the approaching period (February-April) to average colder than normal across Scandinavia, UK and most of the mainland, with the exception of parts of Iberia and the Mediterranean states.

“After a brief respite from the bitter cold in late January, this rather extreme winter appears to be gearing up for an encore in February” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “All of the important weather and climate factors that we monitor suggest winter will be coming back with a vengeance in February. This transition back to much colder temperatures is already showing up in two-week forecasts from our computer models, lending more confidence to the colder forecast trend.

In February, WSI predicts regional temperature anomalies as follows:

Scandinavia – Colder than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Colder than normal
Southern Mainland – Milder than normal

In March, WSI sees the monthly breakdown as:

Scandinavia – Colder than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Colder than normal
Southern Mainland – Milder than normal

In April, WSI forecasts:

Scandinavia – Milder than normal
UK – Milder than normal
Northern Mainland – Milder than normal
Southern Mainland – Colder than normal

WSI, which provides customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook (for the March-June period) on 19 February.

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WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the energy, agriculture, insurance, aviation, and media markets, and multiple federal and state government agencies. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. More information about WSI can be found at www.wsi.com.

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