WSI: Above-Normal Temperatures to be the Rule Across Europe Remainder of Winter

Lack of Atlantic Blocking to Result in More Mild Westerly Flow

Andover, MA, 20 January 2014 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects widespread above-normal temperatures across Scandinavia, eastern Europe and western Russia for the February-April period, with slightly below-normal temperatures confined to western France, Iberia and the UK.

According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “The winter across Europe so far has been characterized by very strong westerlies, a lack of North Atlantic blocking, and generally mild weather. Although the current Scandinavian blocking episode has resulted in colder winter temperatures across northern latitudes, the general pattern is still not conducive for sustained and widespread cold. The two primary cold risks to the generally mild February forecasts involve the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) and the stratosphere, and we will be monitoring developments in advance of a possible update to our February forecast at the end of January. Heading into the spring, most of the dynamical models continue to strongly suggest a persistence of the strong westerlies across the North Atlantic into Europe, which would continue to limit any widespread cold risk.”

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Slightly colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for western France
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia

In March, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Slightly colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for western France
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia

In April, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Slightly colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for western France
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except for Iberia

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