Weather Services International Expects Warm, Dry Autumn for Scandinavia, UK

Warm Atlantic and Cold Pacific Suggest Mild Period Will End in November

Andover, MA, August 23, 2010 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the approaching period (September-November) to average warmer than normal in all locations except the southern half of the mainland.

“As we head into the autumn season, most of the main climate drivers are suggesting that a return to the positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will occur. This would be associated with above-normal temperatures across Scandinavia and the northern mainland, with below-normal temperatures across the South. Further, the UK and southern Scandinavia would experience a relatively dry autumn if this pattern does emerge. By November, the combination of the warm Atlantic and cold Pacific suggest that the below-normal temperatures will become more widespread. However, there is uncertainty in the forecast given the recent multi-year persistence of the negative phase of the NAO. While our strongest climate signals indicate that the NAO will trend towards more positive values, we are somewhat concerned that the persistence of the negative NAO may continue through the autumn, which would result in more precipitation and cooler temperatures across much of Scandinavia, UK, and the northern mainland,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Todd Crawford.

In September, WSI predicts regional temperature anomalies as follows:

Scandinavia – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In October, WSI sees the monthly breakdown as:

Scandinavia – Warmer than normal
UK – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia

In November, WSI forecasts:

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

WSI, providing customized weather information to energy traders, will issue its next seasonal outlook for the October-December period on 20 September.

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